What lucky canine breed is the most popular breed registered in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States?
If you guessed the Labrador Retriever, you are correct!
Originating in Newfoundland, they were used to aid fisherman in pulling nets and to catch escaped fish. At this time, they were commonly called “St. John’s water dog”. As the dogs moved geographically to England, specifically to Labrador, they were then crossed with setters and other retrievers to hone the retrieving skills needed for a good hunting dog. Hence the dogs we now call “labs” were born. (Dogtime.com)
In today’s world, these dogs are known for their gentle and outgoing disposition, friendliness towards humans and other animals, and their eagerness to please. Labradors are highly trainable and used for just about anything. Aside from being loyal companions, labs also serve as therapy dogs, guide dogs, hunting dogs, drug and substance detection and more!
“The sleek and easy-care Lab coat has two layers: a short, thick, straight topcoat, and a soft, weather-resistant undercoat. The two-layer coat protects him from the cold and wet, which helps him in his role as a retriever for hunters. (Dogtime.com)” Their coats are easy to groom and maintain. They come in three colors: Black, Yellow, and Chocolate.
Common health issues seem in this breed include:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Luxating patella
Labradors are not meant to be backyard dogs nor couch potatoes. They have a lot of energy and need a daily walk to drain energy and minimize destructive behaviors.
Although these dogs are active, they are also quite gentle,getting along very well with humans and animals alike. They make great family pets and tend not to harm cats and other dogs. Labradors are a sporting breed, used as gun dogs, so some of them love to chase birds.
If you enjoy the outdoors, hiking, running, walking, swimming, or even dog parks, then this breed could be for you!