The Labrador is used as a hunting dog, lifeguard, police dog, military dog, for search and rescue, for tracking explosive and illegal substances, as a guide for the blind or as a companion to people with special needs, as a family pet, etc. It learns easily and is easy to train. It must be trained to prevent it from becoming incontrollable. It is intelligent, friendly, kind, jolly, social and gets along well with children as well as other pets. Since it is not by nature aggressive, it is not suited for guarding duties. It has a great appetite, so it must not be given food whenever it asks for it, otherwise it will become obese. It needs human companionship, loves exercise and swimming, and does not like to be confined.
The Labrador is a large dog. The male’s height ranges from 56 to 61 cm tall and it weighs from 27 to 34 kilos. The female’s height ranges from 53 to 58 cm tall and it weighs from 25 to 32 kilos. Its coat is short, rough, either straight or wavy, but never curly, partly waterproof, and it does not require regular grooming. Its coat-color may be metallic black, chocolate, beige, crème, and yellow, and is always single-colored.