How to Identify a Labrador Retriever?

Identifying a dog breed can be tricky. Since dogs can easily cross with other breeds, you cannot identify a pure breed without proper knowledge. To find out a dog using its visual appearance, you must know its ancestry and original features of the dog. Once you get to know its characters and features, it will be very easy to pick out pure breeds.

In this article, we shall understand how to identify a purebred Labrador retriever and the characteristics that make it unique.

How to Identify a Labrador Retriever?

A Labrador Retriever can be found with the help of the following features present in the dog. It is said to be purebred only if the following appearance is present in the animal.

Color and Coat

The color of the purebred lab must be either black, chocolate, or yellow. Black labs must be completely black and chocolate labs can be anywhere from light brown to dark brown. Yellow labs can be found in light cream to fox red. If the dog falls within this color code you can confirm that it is a purebred Labrador. Otherwise, it cannot be considered.

The next thing you must consider is the coat. Labrador purebreds are found with a dense, short, straight coat that is waterproof in nature. The superficial coat must be stiff and the undercoat must be soft to the touch. Woolen or silky undercoats cannot be considered characters of the original breed.

Weight and Height

Labradors are not too large and not too small. You can find them to be medium-sized and weighing between 55 to 70 pounds on average. As for the height, they can be anywhere between 21.5 inches to 24.4 inches. Anything far from this measurement will not be considered an original breed of Labrador Retriever.

Tail and Nose

The tails of a lab dog will not have any feathers and it is usually thick. The end is slightly tapered and you will not have a very long tail. It will not curl over the back too.

As for the nose, it will be pinkish during its early stages and will eventually change to the color of its coat. Black dogs will have black noses, etc.


Every dog has its unique natural instincts and Labs have their own too. They always try to retrieve things, swim in the water, and run on a terrain vigorously. They have good athletic and physical skills with good hunting instincts too.


These are the features and characteristics of a pure breed Labrador and you can find the perfect one for you with this guideline. Always check for these characters in the Lab before you get one if you are looking out for a pure breed. 

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