This is the official breed standard as published by the Australian Kennel Council.
GENERAL APPEARANCE - strongly built, short coupled, very active; broad in skull; broad and deep through chest and ribs; broad and strong over loins and hindquarters.
CHARACTERISTICS – Good tempered, very agile. Excellent nose, soft mouth; keen love of water. Adaptable, devoted companion.
TEMPERAMENT - Intelligent, keen and bidderable, with a strong will to please. Kindly nature, with no trace of aggression or undue shyness.
HEAD AND SKULL – Skull broad with defined., Clean cut without fleshy cheeks. Jaws of medium length, powerful not snipey. Nose wide, nostrils well developed.
EYES – medium size, expressing intelligence and good temper , brown or hazel.
EARS – Not large or heavy, hanging close to head and set rather far back.
MOUTH – Jaws and teeth strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, ie: upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
NECK – Clean, strong, powerful, set into well place shoulders.
FOREQUATERS – Shoulders long and sloping. Four legs well-boned and straight from elbow to ground when viewed from either front or side.
BODY – chest of good width and depth, with sprung barrel ribs. Level top line. Loins wide, short coupled and strong.
HINDQUATERS – Well developed not sloping to tail; well turned stifle. Hocks well let down, cow hocks highly undesirable.
FEET – Round, compact; well arched toes and well developed pads.
TAIL – Distinctive feature, very thick towards base, gradually tapering towards tip, medium length, free from feathering, but clothed thickly all round with short, thick, dense coat, thus giving “rounded” appearance described as “otter “tail. Maybe carried gaily but should not curl over back.
GAIT – Movement-free covering adequate ground; straight and true in front and rear.
COAT – Distinctive feature, short dense without wave and feathering, giving fairly hard feel to touch; weather resistant undercoat.
COLOUR – Wholly Black, Yellow or Liver-chocolate. Yellow range from light cream to red fox. Small white spot on chest permissible.
SIZE - Height-: Dogs 56-57cm at wither. SIZE - Bitches 54.5-56 cm at wither.
WHY ARE PEDIGREE PAPERS IMPORTANT?
Buying purebred pedigree papered puppy means you know for absolute certainty that your puppy has a legitimate pedigree and comes from pure Labrador Retriever bloodlines with documented genetics.
Puppies of purebred dogs are predictable in appearance and instinct and are more reliable in temperament. You know what you should expect when puppy grows into the adult dog. Cross breeding or even Labradors without known pedigree papers can produce changes in their puppy’s temperament, abilities, and structure. Changing a dog’s structure, genetically and physically, leads to potential problems with growth, joints, bones, health, and temperament.
Ultimately you want a puppy whose parents have been carefully selected for health and have gone through a series of genetic tests to ensure the puppies will have the best chance of being healthy and well-adjusted. Both your puppy’s parents would have had health and genetic testing to screen for inheritable diseases.
You know your puppy has had great care since the day they were born. Nutritionally, socially, and developmentally he has been raised in a nurturing environment.
Responsible registered breeders will answer your questions and share their experience and knowledge with you. Breeders will guide you in the proper care and feeding, health care and training. They are there to help you and will continue to provide information and support as your puppy grows.
A responsible registered breeder will apply themselves to knowing and learning about each dog’s genetics and bloodlines, and carefully plan litters, not just put any two dogs together to have a litter of puppies to sell.
Purebred Pedigree dog breeders put a lot of time and money into ensuring their puppies are healthy, and this does come at an expense and why purebred pedigree papered puppies cost more money. There are many expenses for responsible registered breeders. The registration of kennel, ANKC registration of each dog and their puppies, local council registrations, hip and elbow dysplasia screening, DNA and genetic tests, stud and insemination fees, pregnancy care, ultrasounds, blood tests, c-section when necessary, kennel maintenance, feeding and raising puppies and high quality and typically
expensive dog food, registering and care of the litter, parasite control, microchipping and vaccination, Generally, people understand that they are paying for the quality of the puppy that they are buying. Health and temperament are what pet owners consider the most important things when buying a puppy. Your puppy will be a big part of your family for a long time, so to ensure you are getting a healthy puppy and to avoid future health problems its important to get a puppy with pedigree papers from a registered breeder.