The Labrador Retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog breed.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Labrador Retriever.
Labrador retrievers actually come from Newfoundland, not Labrador. In the 18th century, Greater Newfoundland dogs bred with smaller water dogs to produce St. John’s water dogs. These smaller canines looked a lot like modern day Labs, but with white muzzles and paws. The St. John’s water dog eventually went extinct, but it served as the ancestor for the Labrador retriever.
2) Bred for Fishing
Labrador retrievers were bred to be the perfect water dogs: They have water-resistant double coats that provide insulation, and their short fur keeps them warm but doesn’t drag them down when it gets wet. Their webbed toes facilitate speedy swimming. Fishermen used the dogs to bring in nets, pull ropes between boats, and recover escaped fish.
The Labrador Retriever is a canine brainiac, ranked within the top ten most intelligent dog breeds in the world! This means that they are likely to be able to understand a new command given to them with fewer than five repetitions of the command, and that they will obey a command that they have learned reliably the first time that you ask them to over 95% of the time. Not only are they very intelligent, but they are also very willing to please, and so Labradors will really try their hardest to meet your expectations and do what you want them to.
Labradors love to swim, and once they have learnt about the water and establish both that they can move through it and that this is great fun, will often take every opportunity to get their paws (and bodies) wet! If you can make provision for your Lab to be able to swim safely during the warmer weather then this will almost certainly please them greatly. Take care to train your Labrador not to enter any body of water without permission, however, or you may find that they will be apt to take a dip when it is not safe or appropriate to do so!
5) Guide Dogs
The Guide Dogs of America say their breed ratio is 70 percent Labrador retrievers, 15 percent golden retrievers, and 15 percent German shepherds. Labs are found to be the best breed for the job thanks to their strong desire to please. They’re also the right size, easily adaptable, and easily trained.
Regardless of the parents’ color, a single litter can include black, yellow, and chocolate puppies. There are two genes that cause the pigmentation of the coat, so the variation can be just as common as different hair colors in a human family.
7) Food Love
While all dogs can generally be considered to have a very enthusiastic relationship with their dinner, this is never more true than with the Labrador! The way to the Labrador’s heart really is through their stomachs, and positive reinforcement training using treats is one of the easiest ways to teach your Labrador new skills. However, Labs really take their love of food to the next level, and will never miss an opportunity to get their teeth into something tasty! This means that they may also be adept beggars and scavengers, and may well have a propensity to eat first and think later, potentially eating something that may prove to be harmful to their health.
8) They can find Cancer
Thanks to their powerful noses, Labrador retrievers have been trained to sniff out and identify early stages of cancer. Through work with cancer cell samples, dogs can learn to smell the disease. The canine doctors can make a diagnosis by smelling a patient’s breath, blood, or stool. So far, the only known way to screen for easy stages of ovarian cancer is by letting a lab sniff the patient—they have very high success rates. Scientists believe the labs sniff out changes in volatile organic compounds that suggest cancer.
9) Perfect Companion
The fun-loving, loyal Labrador Retriever is a mild-tempered family dog with an outgoing personality that makes them great companions to both human and pup pals, alike. They do well in almost any climate and are easy to train, wanting nothing more than to make their owners happy.
10) Search and Rescue
A Black Lab named “Jake,” one of only 200 certified rescue dogs in the nation, became famous after aiding the search for survivors at Ground Zero post September 11th for 17 days. He also aided in recovery efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and spent his later years as a therapy dog for the elderly and for burn victims. This is amazing but it’s even more amazing considering Jake was abandoned as a pup and was found with both a dislocated hip and a broken leg.