Dog Breed Spotlight: The Labrador Retriever
Did you know that Labrador Retriever’s are the most popular dog breed in the US? We see many labs here in our daycare every single day! They come in a variety of colors. However, the AKC only recognizes chocolate, yellow, and black.
Labs first originated in Newfoundland, Canada, now known as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The dog breed gained popularity throughout the 1800s.
Labs were first bred to retrieve waterfowl from the cold waters of the Labrador Sea. Additionally, they would assist fishermen by pulling in nets from the water.
A short, weatherproof coat was preferred to a longer coat. Longer coats would retain water and become icy when coming out of the water.
The AKC first recognized the dog breed in 1917. In 1991, labs became the most popular dog breed in the US and have remained in the number one position ever since!
Today, they are used as therapy dogs, service dogs, guide dogs, and detection dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are super active, athletic, friendly, sweet, goofy, and playful! They have a life expectancy of 10-12 years.
Labs are a medium-sized dog breed and are usually somewhere between 55-80 pounds. Unfortunately, labs are prone to obesity.
They are affectionate, eager to please, and easy to train. The majority of labs are highly food motivated. There’s a saying that labs will work for dirt!
Labs have a LOT of energy! They are great family dogs as long as their daily exercise needs are met. Regular exercise is crucial.
They are excellent swimmers and love games of fetch.
If they’re not both mentally and physically stimulated, they’ll most likely find ways to entertain themselves and end up in trouble!
Labs have a thick, water-repellent coat. They shed a lot, so regular brushing and bathing is important.