It’s official! The Labrador is the most popular dog on the PetsPyjamas website! As well as making a wonderful family companion, the Labrador is ideally suited as a guide dog as well as a working gundog, too.
The breed originates from Newfoundland, which from the 16th Century was primarily known for its fishing industry. Labradors were used to assist fishermen find nets and also pull along carts full of fish.
They were originally smaller than the Labradors we know today and were called the St. John’s dog. It is understood that these dogs crossed with dogs brought to Newfoundland by fishermen and English traders created the basis for the Labrador we know today.
Dogs resulting from this cross-breeding were taken back to England where their skill at retrieving was spotted by the sporting gentry. The Earl of Malmesbury, one of the early advocates of this breed, gave the breed its name with the first breed club being formed in 1916.
Characteristics and Care
The Labrador is good-tempered, agile, loves water and makes a very adaptable and wonderful companion. Labradors are intelligent with a very kind nature and are keen to please. They are also good around children.
They typically come in three colours – black, yellow and chocolate and have a short weather-resistant coat. They usually need at least an hour’s walking a day or even an hour and a half and live from 10 – 14 years old.
Some unusual Labrador Facts
1. Labradors have webbed toes and are therefore great swimmers.
2. Their coat has two layers – a short thick layer and a water-resistant undercoat.
4. Labradors are known for their ability to sprint. They can go as fast as 12 miles an hour in just three seconds.
5. You can get all three colours in one litter.
6. In America labradors have been trained to sniff out early stages of Cancer.
Health problems include weight gain if they are not given sufficient exercise and they can also suffer from canine hip dysplasia, canine elbow and shoulder dysplasia but given all that Labradors usually lead happy and healthy lives and make a wonderful pet!
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