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The lab is strongly built, medium sized, short coupled, dog possessing a sound, athletic,
well-balanced confirmation that enables it to function as a retrieving gun dog; the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl
or upland game for long hours under difficult conditions; the character and quality to win in the show ring; and the tempermetn
to be an outstanding family pet. Physical features and mental characteristics should denote a dog bred to perform as
an efficient retriever of game with a stable temperament suitable for a variety of pursuits beyond the hunting environment.
distinguishing characteristics of the lab are its short dense weather resistant coats, an "otter" tail, a clean-cut
head with broad back skull and moderate stop, powerful jaws, and its "kind-friendly" eyes, expressing character,
intelligence, and good temperment.
Above all a lab must be well balanced, enabling it to move in the show ring or work
in the field wiht little or no effort. The eypical lab, possesses style and quality without over refincement, and substance
without lumber or cloddiness. The lab was bred primarily for hunting, working gun dog, structure and soundness are of
The labs size is 22 1/2 - 24 1/2 inches at the withers, and femlaes from 21 1/2 - 23 1/2 inches.
The approximate weight is 65-80 lbs for males and females are 55-70
The labs coat is a distinctive feature , it should be short, straight and very dense, giving a fairly hard feeling
to the hand. The lab should have a soft, weather-resistant undercoat that provides protection from water, cold and all
types of ground cover.
Labs coat colors are black, yellow and chocolate. Yellows may vary in color from fox-red
to light cream or white with variations in shading on the ears, back and underparts of the dog. Chocolates can also
vary in shades from light milky chocolate to deep dark chocolate.
The true lab temperament is as much as a hallmark
of the breed as the "otter tail" The ideal disposition is one of a kindly, outgoing , tractable nature, eager to
please, non agressive towardsmanor animal. The labrador has much that appeals to people, his gentle ways, intelligence
and adaptability makes him an ideal dog.