Vital Stats

  • Size: 21 - 25 inches
  • Weight: 55 - 80 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10 - 13 years

About The Breed

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Labrador Retrievers are popular dogs – and for a good reason! They are friendly, playful, eager to please, and make great family dogs. People love labs so much that they were the AKC’s number one most popular breed for 31 years running.While today most Labs are known for their ability to play fetch in the backyard for hours, labradors are a sporting breed with working roots in Canada and Britain. Modern Labradors are descendants of the now-extinct St. John’s water dog, a breed used for duck retrieving and a companion for fishermen. That’s where Labs get their dense, weatherproof coat and thick “otter tail.”  
Two yellow Labs swimming in a lake

Size and Weight

Labs are sturdy, medium-to-large dogs. According to the AKC, the breed standard for Labradors is their height is between 22.5 and 24.5 inches for males and between 21.5 and 23.5 inches for females. Males generally weigh between 65 and 80 pounds, and females between 55 and 70 pounds. Of course, some labs will be larger or smaller than the breed standard. 

Energy Level and Exercise Requirements

Labrador Retrievers are an enthusiastic breed with a high energy level. They need plenty of exercise to keep them happy and healthy. In addition to frequent walks daily, Labs should also get plenty of exercise like swimming and playing fetch.
Because of their history as working dogs with a sturdy build, Labrador Retrievers are a strong breed that requires proper training with the right tools. For most Lab owners, the best and safest way to walk their dog is with a harness.

What is the Best Harness for a Lab?

For a strong and energetic breed like the Labrador Retriever, the best harness for Labrador Retrievers is one that is comfortable for both you and your pooch. Labs have a stocky build, so you want a fully adjustable harness that will give you a proper fit, making the harness escape-proof. You also want a harness that will help prevent pulling, which will help keep you safe and comfortable while walking your dog. 
At Joyride Harness, we created our harness with Labs in mind. Our harness has a three-ring design meant to prevent pulling. You can attach a standard leash to one of the side rings to stop your Lab from pulling forward. You can also use a double-ended leash attached to two rings to give you even further control. 
The other benefit of Joyride Harness for strong, energetic Labradors is our built-in handle. When you choose a handle dog harness for your Lab, it gives you the option to quickly grab your dog, even if you accidentally drop the leash! When it comes to this energetic and spirited breed, it’s very important that your Labrador’s harness gives you control. 
And the best part? If you have trouble keeping your loveable Lab out of the water and mud, our heavy-duty harnesses are durable and easy to wash!
A black Labrador Retriever puppy lying outside in the grass

What Size Harness Should I Buy for a Labrador Retriever?

Most adult Labs will fit in our XL dog harness, which is suitable for dogs between 60 and 85 pounds. Most customers choose this size as the best harness for their Labradors. However, larger Labs may find the XXL a better fit. For smaller Labs and puppies still growing, you can utilize our size chart to find the best harness to fit them at their current size. 

Joyride Harness for Labs: Reviews

Are you looking for the best dog harness for a Labrador Retriever? Here are reviews from real pet parents who love Joyride Harness for their Labrador Retrievers! 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Michelle B.

I’ve bought 3 and love them!

They’re everything advertised. I love how easy the harnesses fit on our pups (a Labrador and a Golden Retriever.) Then I bought another one for my neighbor’s dog. They’re sturdy and beautiful looking.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Anna W.

Perfect harness for my Labrador 

Bear is still a puppy and loves going for his daily walk. The harness is easy on and off and prevents collar pulling. I’m sold on these!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ James D.

My labrador

Absolutely Awesome no pulling every now and he forgets he has it on then he will stop right away. I highly recommend this harness. Thank you for saving my arm from falling off. 😀

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Amanda B.

Have tried several different harnesses over the years for my dogs and they always seem to be a struggle. We often see the vet's office and the folks at doggy day camp struggle with the harnesses as well. This one is a breeze to fit to your dog and it’s super easy to take on and off. We purchased for our Labrador retriever puppy before we brought her home and introduced her to the harness before she was 9 weeks old. She didn’t struggle at all the first time we put it on her and continues to wear it without any resistance. Have already purchased two more sizes for her, as Lab puppies grow pretty quickly in the first several months of their life. Incredibly easy to hook the leash on two and several of our friends have already asked us where we purchased the harness. Also a must have if you are going to use doggy seatbelts in your car. Highly recommend!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Dorothy C.

These harnesses are the world’s best!! Joyride has the best harness to offer. There are similar brands, however, they are not made as well or not as comfortable for the pet. Gaston and his sister, Sadie, also enjoy wearing these vests versus the choker collar they were wearing. They are both very energetic strong Labradors and these harnesses offer a much safer solution for my friend when walking her pets. Thank you Joyride !!