The Labrador Retriever has been America’s favorite breed for 28 years. It’s not hard to see why. They are a family-friendly, friendly, and energetic dog that can be found in both the field or on the couch. They are not Labrador-bred, but they do come from Newfoundland where they were used as duck retrievers and fisherman’s mates. The breed was then brought to the UK by English nobles in the nineteenth century.
This is everything you need to know about Labrador Retrievers.
1. Labs love water
They were designed for this! They are a natural swimmer and have thick, waterproof, thick tail. These traits make Labs great competitors for Dock Diving trials.
2. They are hunting dogs that have been purposely bred
Labs were originally used to retrieve ducks. In the 1800s they were brought back from England and bred by the British as companions for game hunting. They are excellent retrievers and can be used in many settings including waterfowl hunting or game hunting. Labs are excellent in Retriever Field Trials as well as Retriever Hunting Testing.
3. Labs are some of the most versatile dogs in the world.
Labradors excel in many fields because of their intelligence, willingness to help, and eagerness to please. They are the best choice for rescue, search, bomb detection and therapy dogs work.
4. You can expect to have endless energy
Although Labs are known for being laid back, they were trained to run, swim and work. Labs who don’t get enough exercise, such as at least one hour of vigorous walking per day, could develop destructive behaviors like chewing objects around the house and fleeing the yard.
5. Highly recommended are obedience and puppy training classes
These energetic, bold, and lively dogs require proper training and socialization. Training classes are a delight for both dog and owner due to their intelligent, eager-to-please demeanors.
6. Labrador Retrievers are available in three colors: chocolate, black and yellow.
During confirmation dog shows, all three colors of Labrador Retrievers can be seen in the same ring.
7. They are versatile and can be used as sporting dogs
Labradors are known for their intelligence, obedience and eagerness to please. They excel in a variety of dog sports, including dock diving and hunting trials.
8. Color does not indicate character.
Although some claim that yellow Labs have the laziest of all breeds, black Labs are the most skilled hunters. Science does not support these claims. Each dog is unique, just like people. Some breeders focus on the ability to handle the field while others care more about conforming to the breed standard. These differences do not depend on the dog’s color.