August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

Go to Labrador Retriever Classifieds Now
Labrador Retriever Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Labrador’s trouble-free short, water-repellent coat, pleasant attitude and trainability make him a great family and field dog standing about 23” but weighing a hefty 65 pounds.

Labrador Retriever Puppy & Breed Information

Labrador Retriever puppies for sale from Gold Star Breeders

The Labrador Retriever originated in Newfoundland, was recognized in England in 1903 and assigned to the AKC Sporting Group shortly after. The rudder-shaped tail and soft, intelligent “friendly” expression characterizes the breed. Labradors are strong, sturdy, active but calm, earning a Top Ten position with both families and sportsmen, year after year. Labs are natural dogs with few exaggerations and few health problems.

Coat, Color, Care: Labradors have a short dense, weatherproof coat that comes in black, yellow, or chocolate. A cold wet day in a duck blind suits a Lab just fine. The coat does not mat easily but regular combing keeps hair off the sofa.

Labrador Retriever Personality: Labs will hunt and retrieve anything, including your chicken sandwich or your socks! They are among the most congenial of breeds, patient with children and other animals. The Labrador is kind, calmly intelligent, and easily trained.

Exercise Requirements: The Labrador Retriever will sprawl on the floor with the kids but the breed was developed to work all day in the field. Labs need exercise or they become fat, flabby, and frustrated! A fenced yard will do but trotting beside your bicycle will insure a healthy dog and prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.

Labrador Health Concerns: Like all heavy breeds, the overweight, poorly muscled Lab is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia or accidental ligament injury. Labs may also have PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) or other eye disorders.

More Labrador Retriever photos, puppy pictures, and the Official Labrador Retriever Breed Standard

Labrador Retriever AKC Standard
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