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Your home Select the size of your home. This will affect the type of dog we advise - some need more space than others to keep them happy!

Your garden Select the size of your garden. This will affect the type of dog we advise - some need more space than others to keep them happy and healthy! Note - pedigree do not advise keeping a dog if you don't have an outside space for them to walk and play.

Your area Select the type of area you live in. Your area will affect how often you can walk your dog and should dictate the type and temprement of dog you choose

Daily Exercise Time (mins) Select how long you will be able to dedicate each day to walking your new dog or puppy. Different breeds require different amounts of exercise to keep them healthy

Owned a dog before? Tell us if you have owned a dog before. Some dogs require more knowledge and experience than others.

Will under 16s walk the dog? Tell us if you have children under 16 in the household who might walk the dog often. This will affect the size of breed and temprement we recommend, as its important children can enjoy spending time with dog safely.

About your ideal dog

Size What size would your ideal dog be? If you don't mind then tick all options

Coat Length Which coat length would your idea dog have? Remember longer hair will require more frequent grooming and may trigger allergies. If you don't mind then tick all options

Labrador

Labradors originated in Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada, and were taken to England on fishing boats in the early 19th century. Here they were developed and bred as a hunting dog, being used for retrieving game in rugged terrain and icy waters. They were popular as tough, strong dogs with excellent scenting powers and a desire to please.

Overview

Average lifespan

Labradors live from between 12 to 15 years of age. 

Average size

55cm to 57cm
30kg to 45kg
Labrador

Care requirements

Breed personality, characteristics & temperament

Labrador Retrievers are intelligent, active, fun-loving dogs, eager to please and extremely sociable. They want to be everybody's friend and are not a one-man dog. The breed is wonderful with children and so makes a good watchdog – letting out a big, deep bark to notify of any intruders. 

Compatibility with other pets

Excellent.

Care requirements

Labradors need a large, draught-proof kennel, raised several centimetres off the ground. In summer they require plenty of shade. Similar to all dogs, Labradors are happiest if kept fit. Adults will benefit from a daily walk of 30 minutes, while pups will need overall periods of play. As a Labrador will need some running, a large back yard is desirable. As they can also be great diggers and chewers as puppies, it is a good idea to fence an area for the dog if you are attached to your garden. Labradors have a tendency to put on weight, that can cause health problems, so their diet needs to be carefully restricted as they mature. Obesity can predispose them to diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. 

Conscientious breeders have their dogs X-rayed for hip dysplasia and osteochondrosis, and have their dog's eyes tested annually by a veterinary ophthalmologist to detect any disease at the earliest stages, and do not breed from affected animals.
Labrador

Decision time

Ideal owners

Labradors can be exuberant and boisterous as puppies, so it may be difficult for either the very young or elderly family members to control them at this age. A well-fenced yard is also a must to protect this animal.


Decision time (resources provided by 
Kennel Club):

Before making a decision on getting a puppy, here are some articles you might find helpful:

What do I need to consider when thinking of buying a puppy?

How do I find the right breeder, what should I ask them?

How do you check if the breeder is reputable?

What to ask your vet prior to buying a puppy?

Where to find dogs (resources provided by the Kennel Club):

Breeders

Adoption

Shelters

Find out about important information about purchasing dogs from pet shops and traders
Labrador
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