FCI-Standard N° 122 / 29. 01. 1999 / GB

LABRADOR RETIEVER

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.