As with all recognized pedigree dog breeds, the Kennel Club approves a set of standards for the Labrador Retriever breed. The standard covers Labrador temperament and many other characteristics as well as their physical attributes. Labrador breeders strive to attain these standards.
The Labrador standard describes the Labrador as strongly built, short-coupled and very active; with a broad head; broad and deep chest and ribs; broad and strong over loins and hindquarters.
The standard also applauds the Labrador’s intelligence, excellent temperament, agility, nose, soft mouth and love of water. These are just a few of the awesome qualities that the Labrador such a fabulous working gun dog
Another characteristic mentioned in the standard is that the Labrador should not have excessive body weight or substance.
Read the complete Labrador Retriever Breed Standard on the AKC website. It provides detailed descriptions of various body parts including eyes, ears, mouth, feet and the characteristic “otter tail” that is thick at the base and carried low.
The ideal height for a Labrador Retriever is 22 to 22.5 inches for the male, and half an inch shorter for the female. Permissible colors are black, yellow or liver/chocolate, with yellow ranging from light cream to fox red.
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