Every year the AKC creates a list of the most popular dog breeds in America. Guess who has won for 26 years in a row. That’s right, the beloved Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in America and has been for some time.
So, is the Labrador Retriever right for you? Read on to find out.
HISTORY OF THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER
Beginning in the 1800s in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada we find the homeland of the Labrador Retriever.
St. John’s water dog, the ancestor of both the Newfoundland and the Labrador we know today, was a sturdy dog bred for purpose and work without regards to appearance. If your Labrador has a drive to work then he is only doing exactly what he was bred to do. Labs thrive off of good hard work and a pleased master. The Labrador excelled at bringing in the fishing nets from the cold waters of the North Atlantic. Their double waterproof coat, webbed toes, and rudder shaped tail were unstoppable when combined with the dog’s eager disposition to please and work hard.
TEMPERAMENT OF THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER
The Labrador is as fun loving as they come. This versatile dog really can do it all. The Labrador Retriever has proven himself in police work, as a guide for the blind/disabled, search and rescue, agility competitions, hunting and field work, flyball, obedience, and many more. The better question is, what can’t the Labrador do.
The Labradors wide set of abilities comes because he is active, strong, capable, and desires to please. He loves fun and loves his master. But if the Labrador doesn’t have an outlet he can be extremely destructive. The lab most likely wont mellow out until at least 3 years of age, possibly longer. He is also famous for his ability to dig holes, steal food, chew shoes, jump fences and counters, and bark loudly.
The Labrador Retriever is an avid swimmer. If there is a body of water near by he is sure to find it. Swimming can be an extremely effective way to exercise your Labrador. If you don’t mind a wet dog then find him a lake or pool. Swimming will be easier on your dogs joints so take him often.
The Labrador is often called the ‘flabrador’ because of his tendency to be fat and flabby. Labrador Retrievers devour their food often faster than you can give it. Be careful not to overfeed your Labrador. Check the label of the food you are providing to be sure you are giving him the correct amount. Second, be sure you are feeding him a healthy diet of good whole food. You can feed him dry food as long as you are sure it is actually good for your dog. Our research and experience has taught us that Taste of the Wild, a best seller with whole ingredients proven to benefit your dog, is the best option for your dogs health.
IS THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER RIGHT FOR YOU?
The Labrador is great with children and families, but also knows how to work hard. If you can find a healthy balance of love and work/exercise then the Labrador Retriever will fit into your home just fine. Find fun and stimulating activities to enjoy with your lab and the result will leave you both happy and healthy. “A good dog is a tired dog.” The age old saying is true with any dog, but especially with the Labrador. If you can provide him with exercise, discipline, and a healthy diet then be prepared for a lifetime of love and a devoted companion.
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