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The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled dog possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a retrieving gun dog, the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long hours under difficult conditions, the character and quality to win in the show ring, and the temperament to be a family companion. Physical features and mental characteristics should denote a dog bred to perform as an efficient
retriever of game with a stable temperament suitable for a variety of pursuits beyond the hunting environment.
Above all, a Labrador Retriever must be well balanced, enabling it to move in the show ring or work in the field with little or no
effort. The typical Labrador possesses style and quality without over refinement, and substance without lumber or cloddiness. The
Labrador is bred primarily as a working gun dog; structure and soundness are of great importance.
The most distinguishing characteristics of the Labrador Retriever are its short, dense, weather resistant coat, an "otter" tail, a
clean-cut head with broad back skull and moderate stop, powerful jaws, and its kind, friendly eyes, expressing character, intelligence,
and good temperament.