For over a quarter of a century, one breed has stood strong as the most popular dog breed, not only in the US but across the globe.
From it's humble beginning as a fishing dog in Newfoundland, the Labrador Retriever has continued to grow on popularity since 1700's as a hunting dog, a companion dog, and a service dog.
So, to celebrate this wonderful breed, let's look at 10 Reasons why the Labrador Retriever is awesome.
1. The Labrador Retriever is a "Goldilocks Dog".
No, this has nothing to do with the Labrador's color. The come in black, yellow and chocolate, unlike their cousin, the Golden Retriever. Instead, we are speaking of the dog's size.
Labrador Retrievers are the perfect size for most families, not to big and not too small. They can live in a small apartment (given the right ammount of exercise) or a house with a nice size yard. Male Labs stand between 22 to 24 inches at the shoulder and 60-75 pounds in weight. Or 21-23 inches and 55-70 pounds for females.
2. Love Exercise? So does your Lab.
Labradors are high-energy dog, with almost unmeasurable stamina. They can keep going and going and going...yeah, you get it, the while energizer bunny thing. If you're looking for a jogging partner or a dog to play with then the Lab might be a great choice for you.
Just know that Labs are not known for knowing when to give up, so it's up to you to watch for signs of exhaustion and overheating and make your friend take a break.
3. Labradors are more than happy to help.
I mentioned in the intro, the Labradors have become popular service dogs. Guide Dogs of America who selectively breed dogs that are excellent health and have the temperament for guide work states that Labradors have been the most successful breed for the work. And that doesn't just hod truth for guiding the blind, Labradors have prooven their worth in every service field from detecting blood sugar levels in Diabetics, to military and police work.
4. Labradors have a "soft mouth".
Labrador Retrievers are first and foremost Retrievers. No hunter wants a retrieved duck or other game with tooth marks in it. Most dogs have a natural tendency to bite down on anything in its mouth, but the Lab can hold it firmly but loosely. The Labrador is basically the only breed of dog that can carry a raw egg without braking it. Now, we've seen videos on Youtube that debunk that they are the only breed that can do it, but the feat is nonetheless impressive.
If you're not a hunter, you can still find a use for this skill, such as fetching your shoes.
5. Labradors are a healthy breed.
And for a larger dog, they have a relatively long lifespan of 10-12 years and sometimes up to 14-15 years. The oldest known Labrador lived to be over 27 years old. Adjutant, the Labrador, lived from 1936 to 1963 in England. They do have some common health issues though. The most typical is hip and knee dysplasia. And like most dogs, they do develop eye problems in later years.
6. Labradors are good with other pets.
If your family already has dogs or cats or whatever other critters, you might have around. Labs, especially when introduced at young age, are good with other pets. Of course, when introducing new pets, you need to pay attention to signs of aggression or any other quarrels might develop.
7. Labs love kids, kids love Labs.
Speaking of critters you may have in your family, the Labs are especially good with children. Labrador Retrievers are family dogs to the bone (pun intended). They are loveable, excitable, gentle, and patient. if any family is looking for a good dog to have around the kids, a Labrador Retriever is a solid choice. Plus, the kids can help run off some of that excess energy we were talking about earlier, or the Lab can help run off some of your kids excess energy. Just depends on how you look at it. It's a win-win for the parents.
8. Labradors love the water.
If your Lab finds water, and it will, your Lab will be in that water. If you love the water, the Lab is your companion. Labs were, after all, originally fishing dogs, descended form an earlier dog breed called the Saint John's or Water Dog. These amazing dogs helped their human partners fish by retrieving fishing gear and escaping fish that evaded the nets or hooks. While the modern Lab is a bit different from it's Saint John's ancestor, it retains that love of water. So, go ahead and pack up that beach bag with some fresh water for your Labrador companion.
9. Labradors are easy to train.
Labs might not be the most intelligent breed. They can actually be quite goofy, but they are smart and are total people-pleasers. As hunting dogs, Labs have been bred to follow human cues, and if they recieve the proper training and attention, they make very well-behaved pets that can perform many more commands than "sit", "stay", and "roll-over". In fact, Labs excel at obedience training and even more complex training like agility.
10. Best cuddles ever.
Ok, well this is not the most objestive observation in the world. Most people think that their pups give the best cuddles ever. But, the Labrador is an affectionate, people-oriented breed, so it's no wonder that these dogs make one of the best cuddle buddies on the planet. They are known for forgetting that they are not a lap size dog. And the nuzzle up with their adorably cute faces. At the end of a long day, nothing is better than a delightful, soul-soothing cuddle with your Labrador. It's as good as a therapy session, just much cheaper!
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