Labradors – History Fun Facts and Traits


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History

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Labradors have been bred for over 200 years now. They have become a breed apart from all other retrievers.

Labradors are a type of retriever, and they were bred to retrieve game birds for hunters. They are a very popular breed of dog, and they are known for their friendly personality as well as their intelligence.

Labradors do not have a high prey drive, so they are easy to train and they love children. Labradors were first bred by a man named Lord Tweedmouth, on his estate in the 1800s.

The first Labradors that Lord Tweedmouth ever bred were a cross between a wavy-coated retriever and a part bloodhound, part poodle type dog. He was trying to breed dogs that had a better sense of smell than any other retriever breeds, but also had the playfulness of the poodle breed (they love people).

Labradors are now one of the most popular breeds in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Labradors are not only popular amongst average people, but they are also very popular for service dog work as well (guide dogs, therapy dogs, etc).

Labradors make excellent family pets and their gentle nature is known to calm scared children when they need it. Labradors love human interaction; they thrive on attention and affection.

Labrador Retriever Personality

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A typical Lab is happy-go-lucky, friendly, intelligent, playful (they like to swim), gentle (they will sometimes sit on the floor with smaller kids), and loyal (if you’re friends with one Lab, you’re friends for life).

Labradors tend to be more social than most other breeds of dogs; if you show a Lab that you’re not afraid of them, they will usually become very friendly and want to be around you all the time.

Labradors are known for their ‘gummy smile’; when they are happy or excited, their ears will go back and their mouth will open up into a wide smile. Labradors love to please their owners and they are very easy to train.

Labrador Retriever Traits

Some Labradors are bred to have a higher prey drive (hunting dogs), but most Labradors simply enjoy retrieving balls, playing in the water, and going on walks. Labradors need plenty of exercises; if they don’t get enough, they can become hyperactive or destructive.

Labradors are usually patient with children and they make good family pets. Labradors are prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and eye problems, so be sure to get your Lab from a reputable breeder who does health testing on their dogs.

Fun Facts About

Labradors are a popular breed of dog and for good reason! They are friendly, outgoing, and make excellent pets. Here are some fun facts about Labradors:

Labradors were originally bred as working dogs. They were used to help fishermen pull in nets full of fish, and to help hunters retrieve game from the forest.

Labradors are one of the most versatile dog breeds. They can be used for a wide range of activities, such as hunting, tracking, agility, obedience, and therapy work.

Labradors are known for their love of water. In fact, many Labradors enjoy swimming so much that they will often dive into pools, ponds, rivers, and fountains to cool off. Labradors also enjoy laying in the snow.

Labradors are very intelligent dogs and they are easy to train. In fact, Labradors are often used as service dogs because of their patient nature and willingness to please. Labradors are excellent with children, so they are often used as therapy dogs for kids.

Labradors have a very strong hunting instinct. This means that they will often try to chase small animals, such as squirrels, rabbits, and birds. Labradors that have a high prey drive need to be kept on a leash when outdoors or they may run off after a target.

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