Labrador RetireverThe Labrador Retriever is considered as the most popular dog breed by registered ownership not only in the United States but also in the world. This breed is widely praised by owners for its friendly nature, high intelligence as well as having a highly trainable behavior. The breed’s adorable nature despite its size also makes it a good companion dog even for little kids.

Breed Origin

Contrary to what its name suggests, Labrador Retrievers actually originated from Newfoundland and not in Labrador, both being located in Eastern Canada. Early ancestors of the breed were known as St. John’s Water Dog. It was some time in the 19th century that the breed was brought to england by fishermen. The early Labradors were used primarily to aid hunters retrieve game.

Appearance and Size

Labrador Retrievers is a relatively large dog with a strong, athletic build and well-balanced conformation. An adult Labrador Retriever stands from 21 to 24 inches in height and weighs from 55 to 80 pounds on average. Females are a bit smaller than the males of the breed.

Coats for Labradors are usually short, dense and smooth. Their coats are also weather resistant and can come in black, yellow or chocolate colors. A special characteristic in Labrador Retrievers is that they have webbing in between their toes as well as a powerful tail that makes them very excellent swimmers.

Personality

Labrador Retrievers are known for their gentle and good-natured behavior. They are always eager to please. Being natural retrievers, they are prone to pick up things with their mouth, sometimes to the point of picking up garbage and brining it home. But this can be corrected with proper training.

Labrador Retrievers are very intelligent and respond well to training. For this trait, many Labrador Retrievers are being trained to become capable assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Some Labradors are also trained to do some police work aside from providing assistance work.

Home and Family Relations

Labrador Retrievers are mellow creatures and gentle enough as a family dog. They are good with children around and are not perceived as an aggressive breed. Labradors are always willing to please and their friendly and gentle nature makes them safe enough as a pet in a household with kids around.

As natural retrievers, Labradors are always holding objects in their mouth. But even then, they are considered as gentle holding on to them, gentle enough to hold an egg on its mouth without breaking it. But sometimes, their gentleness and amiable air makes them poor in being watchdogs. Labradors are too trusting even to stranger and may not work well as guard dogs, although they might also bark considerably when alarmed.