KC Group Gundog
Weight Around 25 - 34kg
Height Dogs: 56 - 57cm; bitches: 55 - 56cm
Average lifespan 12 years
Good with children? Yes
Good guard dogs? Would bark
Moulting level Medium
Exercise requirement Lots
Jogging partner Yes
Colours Black, yellow, and chocolate/liver
Temperament A real gentleman; good-tempered, kind, intelligent, and eager to please
Labs are prone to the following conditions:
Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and OCD affect the hip, shoulder, and elbow joints; PRA is an eye condition that results in blindness.
It's absolutely essential that the parent dogs of any puppies you view have had relevant health checks, namely that they've been hip scored, elbow scored, and eye tested. A breeder should have documentation to prove these tests have been done; make sure you see it.
The left and right hips are X-rayed and scored individually; the final hip score is the two individual scores added together.
The lower the score, the better. The average hip score in Labs is 16; anything higher is considered poor and the dog shouldn't be bred from.
Each elbow is X-rayed and scored between zero and three; zero being excellent and three indicating the most severe problems. Only dogs with a zero score on each elbow should be bred from.
Working Labs are more energetic than show-bred Labs and tend to be of slighter build; show Labs are more stocky.
While working Labs are often cheaper, it's important to remember that it's best not to choose a working Lab unless you intend to work him