Labradors are a popular choice of dog breed to own, due to their good nature and willingness to please and learn, which makes them an ideal family dog.
Here are some facts and information about Labrador Retrievers:
- Originally Labradors came from Newfoundland, Canada where they were used as working dogs alongside the fisherman, they helped to catch fish and pull in the nets. This breed of dog used to be known as ‘St John’s Dogs’, but on their arrival to England they became known as Gun Dogs and Retrievers. They acquired these names due to the Labradors fantastic ability to assist hunters in hunting and bring back prey; this is when they became known as Labrador Retrievers.
- Catch and retrieve games are some of their favourites, they enjoy engaging in sport and bringing you back balls or objects in their mouths. They are soft natured and gentle, including with their mouths due to the fact that they were bred with precision to retrieve waterfowl for the hunter in a delicate way.
- Labradors love swimming and are very strong at it. They have special webbed paws which enable them to swim very fast and with a lot of power and strength.
- There are three main colours the Labradors can be found in and these are Black, Chocolate and Yellow. The Chocolate and Yellow varieties of Labradors come in many different light and dark shades. Normally Labradors come in one solid colour however it is sometimes possible that they can come with patches of colour in certain areas.
- Labrador’s coats are short and thick and are known to be repel the water, which makes it ideal for these breeds as they do not feel the cold so much when swimming in the winter months and they ultimately dry off quicker than other breeds.
- Possible future ailments in Labrador Retrievers to watch out for are: hip and elbow dysplasia; which is where an irregular formation of the joints and sockets occur, this makes the joints become painful and stiff. Another concern is obesity which is caused by overindulging and this can also attribute towards joint problems in your dog later in life.
Labradors are intelligent and love to be part of the family. So if you are looking for a doggy addition to your family, a Labrador Retriever could be the ideal choice.