Skip to main content

The sociable Labrador Retriever is friendly, outgoing and lovable. So lovable, in fact, that the Labrador Retriever dog breed is considered to be America’s most popular dog breed, according to the AKC. The Labrador Retriever temperament is kind, loyal and easygoing, making them the ideal dog for families with children.

If you’re looking for a dedicated fetch partner or a pal to swim laps with, the Labrador Retriever would make the perfect companion. The Labrador Retriever has an athletic build, plus plenty of physical traits that make them skilled at swimming—including webbed toes and an “otter tail” useful for steering.

Though these dogs are great for hunting, they are also equally as skilled at stealing the hearts of everyone they come into contact with. Take a look at the Labrador Retriever field guide below to learn all you need to know about this dog breed.

Help us make PetMD better

Was this article helpful?