Quick facts about Labrador Retriever

Quick facts about Labrador Retriever

Published In: Dogs Created Date: 2014-12-25 Hits: 902 Comment: 0

Labrador Retriever also popularly known as Labs are very playful and loyal breed.

  • Labradors are athletic and playful.
  • Most popular breed of dog by registered ownership in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Labradors are frequently trained to aid people who are blind and people with autism, act as therapy dogs, and perform screening and detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies
  • The foundational breed of what is now the Labrador Retriever was known as the St. John's water dog, St. John's dog, or Lesser Newfoundland. When the dogs were later brought to England, they were named after the geographic area known as "the Labrador" (they were known as Labrador Retrievers because they "retrieved" in the Labrador Sea) 
  • History: The first written reference to the breed was in 1814 ("Instructions to Young Sportsmen" by Colonel Peter Hawker), the first painting in 1823 ("Cora. A Labrador Bitch" by Edwin Landseer), and the first photograph in 1856 (the Earl of Home's dog "Nell", described both as a Labrador and a St. Johns dog). By 1870 the name Labrador Retriever became common in England.
  • Labradors are relatively large, with males typically weighing 65 to 80 lb (29 to 36 kg) and females 55 to 70 lb (25 to 32 kg). Labradors weighing close to or over 100 lb (45 kg)
  • Labradors are somewhat prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.

In all, they are one of the most loving and popular breeds in America.