Breed breakdown: An in-depth look at the Labrador retriever

By Dr. Beth Engelbert, DVM

All dog breeds were originally developed for a purpose. Dogs with desired traits were bred to perpetuate those traits. Eventually dogs with consistent looks and behaviors developed, making a new breed.

Why is this important? Because whether you want a purebred or a mixed breed, knowing what to expect with those breeds will help lead to a long, happy relationship with your pet.

The reigning champ for the most popular breed is the Labrador retriever. Purebred dogs have a standard, a written guideline for what the breed should look and act like. The Labrador standard states it is a “strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled dog possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a retrieving gun dog (that has) the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long hours under difficult conditions … and the temperament to be a family companion.” Read the full story here