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Labrador Retriever insurance and breed information

The Labrador Retriever is a firm family favourite. This is often due to their calm demeanour and temperament. This lovable and well-known breed is adaptable, smart and aims to please.

Black labrador dog sitting on the grass.Black Labrador sitting down in a field.Black labrador dog sitting on the grass.

At a glance

1 to 2 hours of exercise a day

Life expectancy of 10 to 12 years

Large, between 25kg and 36kg

Easy-going, loyal, affectionate

Silhouette showing a Labrador can be between 55 and 58cm tall

1 to 2 hours of exercise a day

Life expectancy of 10 to 12 years

Large, between 25kg and 36kg

Easy-going, loyal, affectionate

Silhouette showing a Labrador can be between 55 and 58cm tall

Labrador Retrievers are the UK's most popular breed, and here’s why...

Labradors have been well known throughout the years for their numerous positive characteristics. They're an agile and intelligent breed with a strong desire to please and a good temper. Known for being one of the most kind-natured breeds, they are often a favourite with families.

Buying or rehoming a Labrador

As with any dog, bringing home a Labrador is a big responsibility. Whether you’re buying a puppy or adopting a rescue, you need to prepare. Make sure you consider the following:

  • You’ll need to have a collar, lead, ID tag, dog bowls and a bed ready
  • Buy some strong dog toys to preserve furnishings and shoes. Labradors like to chew
  • Consider and plan for their exercise needs. Labradors love to run, swim and play.
  • Plan a healthy and balanced diet to prevent obesity. Buy some food before you bring your dog home
  • Read up on dog grooming to keep their coat healthy. Your Labrador will need brushing a couple of times per week, more when they shed (twice per year)
  • Check your garden is secure. Fences need to be at least five feet high with no gaps or holes
  • Research the best way to socialise and train your Labrador. It may be worth looking at some local training classes
  • Discuss rules and routines with everyone in the household, especially children
  • Have a look at pet insurance options to find something suitable for your needs

Fun fact

Labradors have a double coat to protect them from icy water. A bit like otters, they are almost waterproof.

What's it like to own a Labrador Retriever

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Top 5 health conditions in Labrador Retrievers

We’ve put together the most common claimed for conditions for Labrador Retrievers. Based on MORE THAN pet insurance customer claims.

Condition
Number of claims
Average paid out
494
£1,179.51
309
£580.39
282
£1,201.50
257
£1,624.16
246
£689.68
Condition
Number of claims
494
Average paid out
£1,179.51
Condition
309
Average paid out
£580.39
Condition
282
Average paid out
£1,201.50
Condition
257
Average paid out
£1,624.16
Condition
246
Average paid out
£689.68
Based on MORE THAN data 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023. Average cost paid out includes excess.

Common health issues and problems in Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers are overall considered a healthy breed. Their usual lifespan is over 10 years.

Some health conditions in Labradors can be down to their genetic history. Others may be down to shared traits within the breed.

Click on the hotspots to learn about the most common health issues for Labradors. Information is provided by our in-house vet team (October 2022).

Labrador illustration.
Elbow dysplasia
Ear infection
Cranial cruciate ligament disease
Obesity
Luke Mallion, our in house vet, seated.
A green Quote, speech mark.
"Labradors are a high-energy breed who require lots of exercise, however it’s important to build this up while they’re young puppies. Follow a 5-minute rule for every month old they are, up until they’re a year old. This will help to protect their joints as they grow."
Luke Mangion, MORE THAN Vet

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Labrador temperament and family friendliness

Labradors are devoted companions, typically known for being most family-friendly breed. They have a calm temperament, kind nature and soft mouth. Labradors for great relationships with all members of the family, young to old.

If you have a busy household with young children, every member of the family can get involved in training. It's important to make kids aware of how to safely interact with the dog. With basic skills and knowledge, relationships with a Labrador can thrive. These family bonds can last a lifetime.

Family friendly

  • Intelligent
  • Faithful
  • Great with children
  • Easily trained
Young girl petting golden Labrador on sofa
Black Labrador Retriever running in an open field.
Happy family with Labrador
Young girl petting golden Labrador on sofa
Black Labrador Retriever running in an open field.
Young girl petting golden Labrador on sofa
Black Labrador Retriever running in an open field.
Happy family with Labrador

Grooming your Labrador Retriever

Overall Labradors don’t require a lot of grooming due to their low maintenance coat. However, it’s wise to introduce your Labrador to grooming from a young age. This way they’re used to the different tools and techniques when you need to use them in the future.

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