Breed Standard


Labrador Retreiver


Group: Group 3 ( Gundogs)

General Appearance :  Strongly built, short coupled, very active; broad in skull; broad and deep through chest and ribs; broad and strong over loins and hindquarters.

Characteristics:   Good tempered, very agile, Excellent nose, soft mouth; keen love of water. Adaptable, devoted companion.

Temperament:   Intelligent, keen and biddable, with a strong will to please. Kindly nature, with no trace of aggression or undue shyness.

Head and Skull:  Skull broad and defined stop; clean cut without fleshy cheeks. Jaws of Medium length, powerful not snipey. Nose wide, nostrils well-developed.

Eyes:  Not large or heavy, hanging close to head and set rather far back.

Mouth:  Jaws and teeth with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bits, i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck:  Clean, strong, powerful, set into well placed shoulders.

Forequarters:   Shoulder long and sloping, Forelegs well-boned and straight from elbow to ground when viewed from either front or side.

Body:  Chest of good width and depth, with well sprung barrel ribs. Level topline. Loins wide, short coupled and strong.

Feet:  Rounded,compact; well-arched toes and well-developed pads.

Tail:  Distinctive feature, very thick towards base, gradually tapering towards tip, medium length, free from feathering, but clothed thickly all round with short, thick, dense coat,   thus giving' rounded' appearance described as "Otter" tail.  May be carried gaily but should not curl over back.

Gait / Movement:  Free, covering adequate ground; straight and true in front and rear.

Coat:  Distinctive feature, short dense without wave or feathering, giving fairly hard to feel the touch; weather resistant undercoat.

Colour:  Wholly black, yellow or liver/chocolate.  Yellows range from light cream to red fox.  Small white spot on chest permissible.

Size:  Height Dogs 56-57cm (22-22.5inchs) at withers, Bitches 55-56cm (21.5-22 inchs) at withers.

Faults:  Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and it's effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.










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