I believe, and research shows, that Labrador retrievers are one of the most popular dogs to own. Because of this fact, millions of people around the world know that they are loyal, smart, playful, dedicated and large. However, not everyone knows that they came from Canada and were native fisherman's best deck hand, as they helped in hauling fishing nets off the freezing waters. They are great in water as they have webbed feet and water proof coats.
Here is some information that not everyone knows:
- The first recorded Yellow Labrador was born in the year 1989. He was named “Ben of Hyde” and that line still continues even today.
- The pain tolerance of retrievers is high-much more than other dogs which makes them a great choice for rescue work, police work and as hunting helpers. Labs also have excellent detection and working ability, and steady temperament, which makes them ideal for search and rescue, and for therapy and detection work.
- There is no purebred dog known as Golden Lab. So, your dog can either be a Labrador retriever or a Golden Retriever.
- There are two other popular colors of labs-charcoal and silver. However, these two colors have not been officially recognized by breed registers or kennel associations because experts have not been able to verify the source of their color and pedigree of breeding and are lumped into the Chocolate category of color.
- Labrador retrievers are active, intelligent, and alert. They are also easy to train and love being around people. Labs are excellent family dogs and are not noisy or territorial if trained properly. They are one of the best choice as family pets. They are gentle to other animals and people and are great as an addition to a family even if there are small kids and other pets. In fact, they are one of the world’s most popular breeds.
- Labs are bred as working retrievers and can pull boats and hunt in water. Labs is the ONLY dog breed to have webbed feet and can perfectly swim in water. In fact, their otter like tail helps them in swimming and acts as rudder for changing direction.
- Escapology is not a issue among Labs. Labs do not generally dig under the fence or jump fences to escape. However, due to their exploratory and curious nature, they may sometime vanish and are separated from their owners.
- Labrador Retrievers love holding different types of objects in their mouth. They can even carry an egg in their mouth without breaking it!
- The coat of Labrador Retrievers have water-resistant coat. This saves them from getting wet when in water even during chilly winters. Their coat can be yellow (from cream to gold and almost red) , black ( solid black) and chocolate (from medium to dark brown).
- After 15 months, they are considered adults and are equivalent to 16 human years. After 2 years, they are equivalent to 25 years old and after 3 years, they are equivalent to a 30 year old. After every year, add 5 human years to determine the equivalent age of a lab.
- Labrador Retrievers are playful dogs and love retrieving balls and other activities such as flyball and Frisbee.
- The Labrador retriever has about 7 to 8 puppies in each litter. They are also known as Lesser Newfoundland, St. Johns Newfoundland, and St. Johns Dog.
- Despite their sharp teeth and strong jaws, Labrador Retriever mouths are actually very soft. They can easily retrieve and carry several different objects (including living creatures) without damaging them.
- Labrador retrievers have an excellent appetite and can eat both non food and digestible objects alike.
- Labrador Retrievers wiggle their tails to the left when they feel threatened and to the right when they see something familiar.
- As puppies, labs are much lighter in color than what they will be as adults. The color of the fur on a puppy’s ears is the best indicator of his adult coloring.
Because Labrador Retrievers have extraordinary skills and characteristics including sense of smell and loyalty, they are consistently rated a top dog and breed of choice to own.