Small Labrador Retrievers were originally bred as a friendly companion and a working dog. These dogs were originally used as helpers for fishermen in the North Atlantic. Their descendents, the small Labrador Retrievers now bred as pets, are just as loyal and hard-working as their ancestors.

When fully developed, Labrador Retrievers typically weigh somewhere between 55 and 80 pounds, and they can be as tall as 2 feet at their shoulders. These are long-living dogs, as their typical life span ranges from 10 to 12 years.

Labs are intelligent and strong, ultimately built for sport. They are fun-loving, well-behaved dogs as long as they receive regular exercise. Their short-hair coat is easy to care for and maintain, and their loyalty is unquestionable.

This dog's sweet, courageous and welcoming spirit makes it the ideal choice for diverse owners and for tasks of all types. The Lab's friendly demeanor and energy are extremely comforting, which is why they are so commonly used as therapy dogs. Despite this gentle personality, the Labrador Retriever's courage is unwavering. Hunters choose this breed time and time again as a search and rescue dog. However, Labrador Retrievers are so welcoming to people that they aren't the best choice as a watchdog.