Labrador Retriever

Large Size

Fluff monster

Good for first time owners

Labradors were used from the 16th century in the fishing industry. They helped fishermen retrieve nets and lost lines, as well as pulling the fish carts.


Attractive to ...

Someone looking for a Jack of all trades. Labradors are famed for their versatility as family companions, service dogs, assistance dogs and working gundogs.

Not the best for ...

Lazy foodies. Labradors love to eat and are the breed most likely to become obese due to genetic issues with appetite regulation.


Labrador, Lab

Cross between



United Kingdom


Large - but would still fit in a small car

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!


Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!


Fluff monster
Buy shares in Dyson - tell people you are wearing mohair if embarrassed

Life expectancy

12 years

Good first dog?



Folkvang Labradors

I was brought up by my granddad's German Shorthaired Pointer, so dog is in my blood. I have 2 degrees and a teaching qualification; one in Biochemistry and one in Mechanical Engineering; and have spent many years studying animal behaviour and psychology of humans (not much separates the 2 if truth be known). My day job is teaching teenagers science and animal care. I also teach agility classes, on a Sunday in Berkshire, to a small friendly group of people who want to have fun and build their relationships with their dogs. The rest of my time is spent with my large family of furry people. We walk, play, swim and have fun together - sometimes we make puppies, sometimes we do competitions, breed or agility at the moment, but in the past we did obedience and working trials as well.



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