Labrador retriever

Labrador retriever

noun
one of a breed of retrievers having a short, thick, oily, solid black or yellow coat, raised originally in Newfoundland.

Origin:
1905–10

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Labrador retriever
 
n
Labrador, Often shortened to: lab a powerfully-built variety of retriever with a short dense usually black or golden-brown coat

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labrador retriever

breed of sporting dog that originated in Newfoundland and was brought to England by fishermen about 1800. It is an outstanding gun dog, consistently dominating field trials. Standing 21.5 to 24.5 inches (55 to 62 cm) and weighing 55 to 80 pounds (25 to 36 kg), it is more solidly built than other retrievers and has shorter legs. Distinctive features include its otterlike tail, thick at the base and tapered toward the end, and its short, dense coat of black, brown ("chocolate"), or yellow. The Labrador retriever is characteristically rugged, even-tempered, and gentle. In England it has been used in military and police work, as a rescue dog, and as a guide dog for the blind. An ideal family pet, the Labrador retriever became in the 1990s the most popular dog breed in the United States.

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