Labrador Retrievers


Labs are friendly, easy to train, and great with kids. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the best family dog breeds out there.

Did you know that Labrador Retrievers are actually not-so-distant relatives of the giant Newfoundland? Fishermen in the 1800s purposefully bred a smaller Newfie that loved to swim and could help retrieve fish. The result? The labs we know today can’t resist a dip in the water, and they’re incredible at fetch too! These loyal pooches make perfect companions for singles and families alike due to their pleasant demeanor and unyielding loyalty.

Better yet, there are tons of Labrador Retrievers just waiting to be rescued at your local shelter. Not ready to make your decision yet? No problem – here’s even more information about one of our favorite breeds.

Why We Love the Labrador Retriever Breed

  • The Labrador Retriever is eager to please and picks up on training quickly.
  • Labs have what’s known as a “soft-mouth”, meaning they are gentle with their jaws and teeth. Bite risk is extremely low with proper socialization.
  • They’re easy to groom! They will shed, like most dogs, but require minimal brushing and trimming.
  • The life span of the Labrador Retriever breed, 12-14 years, compares well to many similarly-sized dogs.
  • They’re high energy and love to run! Labs love to explore the outdoors with active owners, but are also world-class cuddlers when exercised.

Things to Consider

  • Labrador Retriever puppies can be mouthy! Make sure you’re ready to teach them bite inhibition while they’re young.
  • That adorable little Labrador Retriever puppy is going to get big! Ensure you have the space to handle a 60lb dog before you adopt.

Why Rescue?

Labrador Retrievers hold the number one spot as the most popular breed in America. With this popularity comes a grim fate: overbreeding. Labs can be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia and eye issues (such as cataracts). Overbreeding only worsens these issues, making them more prevalent in the breed. Unethical breeding practices can also lead to behavioral problems like aggression.

Help put a stop to overbreeding. If you’re looking to get a Labrador Retriever, consider opening your home to a Labrador Retriever rescue!

Labrador Retriever Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Labrador Retriever puppy or a full grown companion, there are tons of rescues dedicated to finding homes for dogs of this wonderful breed. Here are just a few:

Type
Sporting
Temperament
Calm, loyal & friendly
Avg. Weight
55 - 80 lbs
Grooming
High
Avg. Life Span
10 - 14 years

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Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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