Labrador retrievers are easily recognizable by their broad head shape, drooping ears, and large expressive eyes. Two distinctive features of the Labrador are a fairly short two-layer waterproof coat and the so-called otter tail. The tail is thick and dense, almost straight, continuing the line of the back. The Labrador’s feet are characterized as “webbed,” with elongated skin between the toes to help the dog swim. The color can range from black to chocolate, red/yellow, and even almost white.
The Labrador is a breed that matures physically quite quickly, reaching adult growth between 6 and 12 months of age, but can gain weight for up to two years. Many Labradors live to be 12-14 years old.
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