A Labrador retriever is a species of dog that lives approximately 10 to 12 years. The breed typically suffers from canine hip dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, patellar luxation, diabetes, entropion, muscular dystrophy, exercise-induced collapse and tricuspid valve dysplasia, according to PetMD.
The Labrador retriever has a background in retrieving, hence the "retriever" in its name. The "Labrador" part is because the dog was bred in a Canadian province known as Newfoundland and Labrador. This is also where the Newfoundland water dog was bred and the two have similar qualities.
The Labrador retriever loves to hunt and to run so it needs to live in a home where it can get plenty of exercise. If allowed to stretch its legs each day, it is obedient, loving and relaxed while home.