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About the Labrador Retriever Breed

Recommended Reading

Books on The Labrador Retriever

  • The Official Book of the Labrador Retriever (1995) by Dr. Bernard W. Ziessow, Editor
  • All About the Labrador (1980) by Mary Roslin-Williams
  • The Dual-Purpose Labrador (1969) by Mary Roslin-Williams
  • Reaching for the Stars (formerly Advanced Labrador Breeding) (2000) by Mary Roslin-Williams
  • The Versatile Labrador Retriever (2004) by Nancy Martin
  • Legends in Labradors (1980) by Nancy Martin
  • The New Complete Labrador Retriever (1986) by Helen Warwick
  • This is the Labrador Retriever (1972) by Dorothy Howe
  • The Labrador Retriever (1980) by Dorothy Howe
  • Labrador Retrievers Today (1993) by Carole Coode
  • The Labrador Retriever: The Dog That Does it All (1998) by Lisa Weiss and Emily Biegel
  • The Ultimate Labrador Retriever (2003) by Heather Wiles-Fone, Editor
  • Everyone’s Dog: A Pictorial Guide to The Labrador Retriever (2000) by Marion Hopkinson
  • The Labrador Retriever: The History…the People…Revisited (1992) by Richard Wolters
  • In Praise of Labs: Celebrating the World’s Greatest Dog (2007) by James Herriot and Gary Paulsen

Books on Breed Type, Canine Structure, Showing, etc.

  • Solving the Mysteries of Breed Type (2008) by Richard Beauchamp
  • An Eye For a Dog: Illustrated Guide to Judging Purebred Dogs (2004) by Robert W. Cole
  • K-9 Structure & Terminology (2016) by Edward, Jr. Gilbert (Author),‎ Thelma Brown (Author)
  • Canine Terminology (Dogwise Classics) (2002) by Harold R. Spira
  • Dogsteps A New Look (2014) by Rachel Page Elliott
  • Structure in Action: The Makings of a Durable Dog (2011) by Pat Hastings (Author, Editor), Wendy E Wallace DVM cVA (Author),‎ Erin Rouse (Author)
  • Tricks of the Trade: From Best Intentions to Best in Show, Revised Edition (2005) by Pat Hastings (Author) and Erin Rouse (Contributor)
  • The Winning Edge: Show Ring Secrets (1992) by George Alston
  • New Secrets of Successful Show Dog Handling (2002) by Peter Green and Mario Migliorini
  • The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Showing Your Dog (2001) by Cheryl S. Smith

Agility Clubs & Organizations

For most agility events there are two organizations involved – a club that actually organizes the event (such as PSLRA), and a “sanctioning” organization. The sanctioning organization (such as the AKC) sets the rules, maintains competition records and issues titles or certificates when certain goals are met.  As the rules and regulations vary depending on the sanctioning organization, it is best to review the rules and regulations prior to competing in each venue.  There may also be registration requirements to compete in a certain venue.


Local Agility Entry Services

Local Agility Clubs

Description of Agility Obstacles (with pictures)


Conformation & Dog Shows

Regional Labrador Breed Clubs:

Field Events & Retriever Clubs

How to Get Started in Field Events

These articles are posted on the Golden Retriever Club of America web site, but are equally applicable to Labradors, and are a wealth of information:

Like anything else, one gets out of field training and related events what they put into it.  Due to the nature of the sport, it often requires driving a distance, depending on where various clubs and training groups are located.  It may also involve significant time commitments, depending on the level and ability of the dog, and the interest one has in pursuing titles or competition at higher levels.  In addition to PSLRA, which is more of an “All-Around” Club, some local clubs are devoted to the working Retriever.  Most hold training days and sponsor field events.

Articles on Field Training

Misc. Field Links

Official Rules & Regulations

Parent Retriever Clubs

Northwest & Canadian Retriever Clubs

Most of these clubs hold training days and sponsor field events.


Entry Services for Hunt Tests/Field Events:

Tracking Resources & Articles


The AKC offers a variety of resources to assist those interested in tracking, whether you are new to the sport or wish to hold a tracking test. Contact AKC Customer Service at 919-233-9767 or to inquire about the following resources:

“Getting Started in Obedience, Agility, Tracking and CGC” – Informative brochure, which outlines the basics of getting started in AKC Companion Events.

Puget Sound Labrador Retriever Association