Breed standard for the Labrador Retriever
General appearence: 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 with a defined stop, clean cut without fleshy cheeks. Jaws of
medium length, powerful not snipey. Nose wide, nostrills well-developed.
Eyes: Medium size, expressing intelligence and good temper, brown or hazel.
Ears: Not large or heavy, hanging close to head and set rather far back.
Mouth: Jaws and teeth strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper
teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Neck: Clean, strong, powerful, set into well-placed shoulders.
Forequarters: Shoulders 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.
Hindquarters: Well-developed, not sloping to tail, well-turned stifle. Hocks well let down,
cowhocks highly undesirable.
Feet: Round, compact, well-arched toes and well-developed pads.
Tail: Distinctive feature, very thick towards base, gradually tapering towards tip, medium
lenght, free from feathering, but clothed thickly all round with short, thick, dense coat, thus
giving "rounded" appearence 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 feel to
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: Ideal height at withers: Dogs 56-57 cms (22-22,5 ins). Bitches 54-56 cms (21,5-22 ins).