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Labrador Retriever |Canada/England|

Labrador Retriever |Canada/England|

Ranked as one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, the Labrador Retriever has worked its way into the hearts of dog lovers everywhere. This breed is versatility at its best; “Labs” make excellent working gun dogs and superb family pets, in addition to being used as service dogs, by the military, as assistance dogs, and for all manner of activities including agility and obedience. Typically Labradors are intelligent, trainable dogs that have a soft, kind nature.

History

Labrador Retrievers trace back to the St. John’s Dog found on the Canadian island of Newfoundland. Labs emerged from a mix of working stock taken to the island by Portuguese, British, and Irish fishermen who settled and traded there in the sixteenth century. The dogs were used in the fishing industry and developed into a water-loving breed with a water-resistant coat. From the early 1800s, fishermen began taking their dogs with them when traveling to Poole Harbor, England, and started to trade the dogs as well as fish. The emergence of the modern Labrador is largely attributed to the fifth-century Duke of Buccleuch and his brother, the Earl of Malmesbury, who bought a number of the dogs in the early nineteenth century and began developing the breed.

Labs are notoriously fond of food and can be prone to obesity if allowed to overindulge.

Labradors keep a puppy mentality for a long time after they have matured physically!

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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