The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States. Labs are sociable, gregarious, and high-spirited companions with plenty of devotion for a family searching for a medium-to-large dog. The robust, well-balanced Labrador Retriever can stand between 21.5 and 24.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 55 and 80 pounds, depending on the sex. The dense, durable coat is available in yellow, black, and decadent chocolate. The head is broad, the eyes are kind, and the strong, tapering ‘otter tail’ seems to convey the breed’s intrinsic desire. Labs are well known for their friendliness. They are sociable housemates who bond with the entire family and socialize well with both neighbor dogs and humans.
But don’t mistake his laid-back demeanor for a lack of energy: the Lab is a passionate athlete who needs loads of activity, such as swimming and marathon fetch games, to stay physically and mentally fit.