Labrador Retriever Dogs & Puppies for Sale

Britain’s most loved companion dog, the Labrador Retriever, descends from fishing dogs in Newfoundland and has been around since the early 18o0s. Today, these loving and loyal pups are among the most popular breeds in various parts of the world and serve many different roles.

As a retriever gun breed, labs make excellent retriever dogs for hunters. In addition, they excel as show competitors, and many gain the job of a search and rescue dog. What’s more, their caring nature makes them one of the best therapy dogs and, of course, an excellent family pet. Loving labs are best known for their devoted, people-oriented nature, often following their owners around the house. 

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Meet the Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is a large breed, weighing between 55 and 80 pounds and standing between 21.5 to 24.5 inches tall. They have powerful, muscular bodies, broad heads, and strong jaws. Their two most distinct facial features are their floppy ears that hang close to their heads and their kind and expressive eyes with black lining. Labs will have either brown or hazel coloured eyes.

Another unique feature of the Labrador Retriever is its ‘otter tail’. It is thick and tapered to help them swim but is most known to owners as frequently wagging to express happiness. They are a generally healthy breed that typically lives for 12 and 14 years. They have very few breed-specific potential health issues but are somewhat prone to hip and elbow dysplasia and common eye diseases.

Labs have sleek double coats, consisting of short, thick outer hairs and a soft, dense undercoat for additional warmth. Their coats can be one of three solid colours; chocolate, black, or yellow (from cream to fox-red). Labs can shed a lot despite their short coats, so they require brushing multiple times a week. However, they rarely need a bath or trimming.

The temperament of a Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is one of the kindest, gentlest and most sociable dog breeds. They love to please their owners, do not show aggression and have a mild temperament, making them excellent companions for children.

Labs have a ton of energy and require frequent exercise and plenty of walks. Their level of playfulness does vary depending on their personality, but all labs thrive on physical activity. Mental stimulation is just as important as these dogs are very bright. Moreover, their intelligence and eagerness to please make it easy to train this breed, so they are a good choice for those getting a dog for the first time.

Like many dogs, Labs may bark at unfamiliar noises or sights. Still, they are not a particularly noisy or territorial breed. Instead, they are very friendly and trusting towards strangers, so this dog will more likely welcome your visitors with a wagging tail rather than a bark.

Labradors love to swim, so if you have a pond, beware! If you live close to water, whether it’s the beach, a river, or a lake, your Lab will be in its element and immensely enjoy regular trips there. Lastly, like other owner-oriented dogs, Labs don’t do well independently. You’ll know if you’re leaving them alone for too long as they will start acting up by chewing things or digging.

10 reasons to add a Labrador Retriever to your family

  1. They have winning personalities - There is a reason why everyone loves labs, and it’s because of their incredibly gentle and loving nature.
  2. They are friendly towards everyone - Labradors are not just amazing with their owners, but they love people in general. Plus, they are usually tolerant and welcoming to other animals.
  3. They will become best friends with your children - Introducing a lab to a small child will always result in a beautiful friendship that will blossom and deepen over the years.
  4. They are excellent therapy dogs - Labs are well suited to anyone suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health problems.
  5. They enjoy training sessions - Labradors are always looking for something to do and want to please their owners however they can. Thus, they are always up for a training session and quickly understand things.
  6. They will get you exercising every day - Labs need 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise, so if you’ve been looking to get more active, now you will.
  7. They don’t need to go to the groomer - Their short coats don’t require much maintenance other than brushing a few times a week, so you’ll have no expensive groomer trips with this breed.
  8. They are a healthy breed - Providing you get your Lab from a good breeder like the ones on The Pedigree Paws, they will live a long and healthy life.
  9. They aren’t picky eaters - Labrador Retrievers are known for their big appetites and love of food. They will enjoy every brand and type of dog food you offer them, making mealtimes effortless.
  10. They all have unique personalities - While the breed does have typical characteristics, their specific temperaments vary. Your pup could be highly active, mellow, or super goofy.

Best homes for a Labrador Retriever

The Lab’s high energy combined with its large size means these dogs need a home with an enclosed outdoor space like a garden. Because of this, they are not well-suited to apartments or flats. However, just because they need outdoor space to release their energy, they prefer to spend most of their time indoors with their owners. Therefore, Labs need a human that will make them the centre of the family and spend quality time with them.

Labradors are known for their excellent reputation with children, to whom they are incredibly gentle. As a result, they do well in family homes and develop strong bonds with the kids they grow up around. In addition, most Labs will get on well with other pets if socialised with them as a puppy. In fact, if you get a Labrador puppy and a kitten together, they will most likely become best friends. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Labrador Retriever Puppies

Why should I choose a Labrador Retriever from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
We’re proud to say that we partner with the most honourable and trusted Labrador Retriever breeders in the UK and Europe who have years of experience. As a result, when choosing a Lab with us, you won’t have the stress of hunting through breeders, trying to find the most ethical one. All The Pedigree Paws Labrador Retriever puppies are raised in a family home and never in a commercial breeding facility. They stay with the mother dog and littermates, and our breeders do not lock them in cages. As a result, they receive outstanding care and are 100% healthy and friendly.
Is a Labrador Retriever the right puppy for me?
As the most popular breed in the UK, Labrador Retrievers are an excellent choice for many dog lovers. They are especially suitable for first-time dog owners and families with children. These gentle pups are friendly, loving, and trainable, so they are a joy to have around the home. However, because they are so family-orientated, they need to be in a home where there is often someone around to keep them company. As large canines, Labs are not suitable for apartments or houses with no garden.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
Determining if a breeder is honourable is not straightforward because unethical companies are good at hiding their corrupt operations. However, having multiple years of experience in the dog breeding industry, we can spot the red flags immediately. This allows us to separate the unethical breeders whose primary concern is making money from the reputable ones who have a passion for Labradors. Thus, The Pedigree Paws is a platform that helps dog lovers like you find healthy and happy pups that you can be confident come from a caring environment.
Are Labrador Retriever puppies from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Labrador Retrievers are generally a healthy breed, but like all pedigrees, they are at risk of some health issues, including hip and elbow dysplasia and eye diseases. Even so, as a trusted matchmaking agency that works with top-quality breeders, we can minimise the chance of your new pup having any medical concerns. We ensure all our pups are healthy in various ways. These include requiring breeders to run DNA tests on their breeding dogs and providing us with a vet report for each puppy.
When can I receive my Labrador Retriever puppy?
We require all our Labrador Retriever puppies to stay with the mother dog until they reach eight to twelve weeks old, preferably towards the latter. Puppies must have this time with their mothers to ensure sound development. Unfortunately, puppies taken before eight weeks usually develop health or behavioural issues as a result. There should be an availability date detailing when your chosen Lab is ready on the listing. If not, you can message the breeder, who will happily confirm this with you.
Can I see the parents of my Labrador Retriever puppy?
Yes, we suggest that all our customers see their new puppy and the mother dog before completing the sale. This step is essential to know your new puppy is coming from healthy parents and a good environment, thus having an even temperament. So, although you may live too far from the breeder to meet the pup in person, you can arrange a video call instead.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my Labrador Retriever?
You should always receive proof of your new puppy’s pedigree status. If a breeder refuses to provide this, it is a huge red flag. Luckily, though, all Labrador puppies from The Pedigree Paws come with registration records from an authorised pedigree association, like KC, AKC or FCI. The breeder will register your new Lab beforehand, so you’ll receive the documents when you receive your new friend.
Do your Labrador Retriever puppies come from good breeders?
The health and welfare of dogs and puppies are our primary concerns, and we reflect this in all our operations. For example, we carefully select breeders by following an extensive application procedure to ensure we choose the best ones around. Then, along with our in-house policies, all breeders must prove they operate in alignment with the guidelines of the top international pedigree associations. Because of our extreme caution, we can proudly say we are among the most reputable pet matchmaking agencies worldwide.
Are these Labrador Retriever puppies raised in a family home or breeding facility?
We’re pleased to say all our Labs are born and cared for in the family home of the breeder. Here, they stay with the mother dog until they are independent enough to leave and go to their forever home. Here they are far less likely to pick up diseases. Plus, they receive lots of socialisation, helping them develop their friendly nature. Because we believe a family home is the best place for puppies, we strictly vet our breeders to ensure they are not running puppy mills. All dog lovers should avoid buying from commercial facilities as they take puppies away from their mums far too early. The animals also stay in dirty, inhumane conditions, which is extremely dangerous for their vulnerable immune systems.
How can I help my Labrador Retriever settle into its new home?
Labrador Retrievers are naturally one of the friendliest and affectionate breeds. Because they love people, they usually settle into their new homes fast. However, they have different personalities, so some Labs can be shy or anxious at first. To help create a pleasant transition, create a relaxing environment by putting a cosy dog bed in a quiet part of the house. This will give them somewhere to retreat to if they need, and allow them to explore at their own pace. But of course, if they seem confident, feel free to start playing with them straight away.