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English Labrador Retriever – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 60 to 75 pounds
Height: 22 to 24 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Low to Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt an English Labrador Retriever, Dog Breed Guide


English Labrador Retriever is one of two dog types that are from the original Labrador Retrievers originally bred in Canada. The other type is called American Labrador Retrievers. The difference between these two Labs:

Official Name

English Labrador Retriever


Date – 1800’s
Country – Originally in Canada but are being bred seriously in Great Britain
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting

Recognized By:
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The English Labrador Retrievers comes from the prototype Lab dog breed that originated in Canada. These dogs are one of two types of Labs being bred today. They are the ones purely bred in the Great Britain and is known to be more solidly built than their American counterpart.


The English Labrador Retriever share all the same traits of the American Lab type as well as the original Canadaian Labradors. Dog experts believe and recognize that English Labs are dogs that are more docile and calmer than their North American counterpart.

Bred For

English Labrador Retrievers were developed as retrieving dogs for hunting. Today they are used in various service related work including companions for the disabled, search and recues as well as detection for police enforcement.


English Labs are very adaptable dogs. City living and apartment living conditions will be just fine with these dogs provided that their exercise needs will be met. An ideal home for them would be a family with a large yard for them to move around and play.


Lab types from Great Britain are dogs that shed their fur in average amounts. Their coat is pretty easy to groom and does not require too much attention.


English Labradors are dogs known to be highly trainable dog breeds in the world for their intelligence, tolerance and adaptability to learn.


English Labrador Retrievers are generally healthy. They may experience medical issues from hip and elbow dysplasia to various arthritis related health problems. They are also prone to eye conditions and disorders including PRA and developing mast cell tumours.


The English Labs as well as the American types of this dog breed are naturally energetic dogs. These dogs require adequate amounts of activity time and should be taken on walks every day.