Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Did you know that Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular pet dog in the United States since 1991? Their pleasant and happy attitudes, plus their love of handwork make them a truly unique pup. Labs have always been working dogs, and today they are prime candidates for jobs such as search and rescue dogs. As well as, service dogs, and police dogs. The breed enjoys working so much that they have to be carefully monitored during hot weather as they will work themselves to heat exhaustion. Labrador Retrievers are medium sized dogs, and can be black, yellow, or brown. Labrador Retrievers love to please their masters, which makes them great work dogs, and great family dogs. This breed of dog is at its best when it can get regular exercise and outside time.

History

Labrador Retrievers are originally from Newfoundland, on the Atlantic Coast of Canada. In Newfoundland, Labs were used to help fisherman catch fish that had escaped. And to pull the fishing nets back from the water. These pups enjoy work, and love getting in the water, so working with fishermen was the perfect job for them! Eventually this hardworking dog was bred with Spaniels, Setters, and other Retriever dog breeds. Which make them even more precise in their job. After this mix happened, Labrador Retrievers became popular dogs for helping to gather game in hunting. A job that they performed happily and diligently. Today, the Labrador Retrievers are commonly known just as “Labs”, and make great family pets.

Is a Lab Right for You?

Labrador Retrievers enjoy being extremely active. This makes them great for very athletic people and families. Labs are also sweet, easy to train, and love to please their masters. This makes them ideal for people looking for service dogs. Labs are very patient with children, and usually form a close, protective and emotional bond with them. Making them great family dogs.

The Labrador Retriever is a double coated breed of dog. So their fur does not shed easily, and does not require too much maintenance. They do need to be groomed, washed, and brushed regularly. A lab is not a great fit for people who are not very physically active. Labs are very high energy and love swimming hiking and running. A fully grown lab needs about 30-60 minutes of exercise per day. If they do not get a solid work out, they can put all of that pent up energy into chewing, barking, and other undesirable behavior. They get along very well with other dogs, which makes them a great addition to a dog owning family!

Did You Know?

Labrador Retrievers love to eat, and very quickly can become obese. They are also notorious garbage raiders, counter thieves and will eat just about anything they can get their paws on. Like humans, labs come with all different skills and personalities. Labs are soft gentle service dogs. Others are bred to be fast runners and hard works. Still others are bred to be pretty and shiny coated. But don’t worry if you don’t know which kind of lab you have. Most importantly, they are all bred to be sweet, happy and loving pups.

Final Thought

Although Labs are now the most popular dog in the United States. In the mid 19th century, Labrador Retrievers almost became extinct. In the 1880’s, several Labrador Retrievers were exported from Canada to England where they were able to survive extinction.  While they has always been a great worker dog, the Labrador Retriever was not popular as a pet until after World War II.

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