Origin Of Labrador Retriever
Originating from Newfoundland. The founding breed was from the St Johns Water Dog who would retrieve and bring in the fishing nets working with the fishermen in the 16th century. Some theorists believe that the breed may even have originated in Portugal (Labrador means ‘labourer’ in Portuguese) before being introduced into Newfoundland by Portuguese sailors. The Labrador’s ancestors date back to 17th century Canada. During the 18th century, the Canadian water dogs differentiated into what we now know as the Newfoundland, the Landseer, the Flat-Coated Retriever, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the Labrador Retriever. The Labrador Club of America, Inc., was formed in 1931. The American Labrador initially was bred primarily as a shooting dog, to be a strong competitor in retriever trials. Labrador Retrievers today are the most popular family breed, and are one of the main breeds bred and used as guide dogs for the blind, service dogs and for search-and-rescue work.
Loyal, loveable, happy and friendly to all he meets, the Labrador Retriever is the number one registered dog in the AKC. Labs are full of energy and will always greet you at the door. They are truly “man’s best friend,” and are at their happiest when engaged in family activities. They are friendly, enthusiastic, loyal and intelligent. They love running, hiking, swimming and playing fetch for hours on end and are extremely patient with children of all ages. Labs are a breeze to train, and as long as you are prepared to live with puppy-like behavior well into adulthood, they are famous for being clumsy, they make an excellent choice for first time dog owners.
Males – stand 24-27 inches
Females – stand 22-25 inches
Males- Average 110-132Lbs
The first dog to appear on the cover of Life Magazine was a black Labrador Retriever called ‘Blind of Arden’ in the December, 12th, 1938 issue.
Endal the famous Yellow Lab became the service dog for disabled ex-Royal Navy Chief in the late 1990s. His fame led to his taking on the role of an animal ambassador for service dog-related training and charities. An incident in 2001 had Endal pull is companion to safety after being knocked out of his wheelchair by a passing car outside a hotel. Endal pulled his companion into the recovery position, retrieved his mobile phone from beneath the car, retrieved a blanket and covered him, barked at a nearby Hotel to alert for assistance with no result, and then ran to the nearby hotel to obtain help. In memory of Edal, Hounds for Heroes was established to help men and women who have been injured in the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services.
The Endal awards have been created to honour his loyalty and devotion to duty, in the form of a medal and these are issued at an annual award ceremony held at the London Pet Show. A road in Clanfield, Hampshire, in England has been named “Endal Way” in memory of Endal. The book about Endal came out in Feb 2009 and the movie of Endal’s life story Sept 2009.
Labradors are a breeze to train. They possess a strong desire to please and will do anything for some affection or a treat. They remain puppies for a good portion of their life, full of joy and exuberance. Start training your Lab early, and get them socialized with other puppies and people. Praise, consistency and obedience training are real requirements to owning a Lab. They need lots of exercise. Get them involved in field trials, hunting trials, tracking, obedience, rally and agility. It’s a great way to establish a bond with your Labrador.
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