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Labrador Standard
FCI-Standard N° 122 / 29. 01. 1999 / GB
LABRADOR RETRIEVER
ORIGIN Great Britain
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD 24.06.1987
UTILIZATION Retriever
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.
Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing Dogs, Water Dogs.
Section 1 Retrievers. With working trial.
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.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT Good-tempered, very agile. Excellent nose, soft mouth; keen lover of water. Adaptable, devoted companion. Intelligent, keen and biddable, with a strong will to please. Kindly nature, with no trace of aggression or undue shyness.
HEAD  
CRANIAL REGION Skull : Broad. Clean-cut without fleshy cheeks.
Stop : Defined.
FACIAL REGION
Nose Wide, nostrils well developed.
Muzzle Powerful, not snipey.
Jaws/Teeth Jaws of medium length, jaws and teeth strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
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.
NECK Clean, strong, powerful, set into well placed shoulders.
BODY  
 
Back Level topline.
Loins Wide, short-coupled and strong.
Chest Of good width and depth, with well sprung barrel ribs.
TAIL Distinctive feature, very thick towards the 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. May be carried gaily, but should not curl over back.
LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS Forelegs well boned and straight from elbow to ground when viewed from either front or side.
Shoulders Long and sloping.
HINDQUARTERS Well developed, not sloping to tail.
Stifle Well turned
Hocks well let down. Cowhocks highly undesirable.
FEET Round, compact; well-arched toes and well developed pads.
GAIT / MOVEMENT Free, covering adequate ground; straight and true in front and rear.
COAT
HAIR Distinctive feature, short, dense, without wave or feathering, giving fairly hard feel to the touch; weather-resistant undercoat.
COLOUR Wholly black, yellow or liver/chocolate. Yellows range from light cream to red fox. Small white spot on chest permissible.
SIZE
Ideal height at withers :  
dogs 56-57 cm ( 22 - 22,5 ins)
bitches 54-56 cm ( 21,5 - 22 ins)
FAULTS Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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