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Labrador Retriever

on February 15, 2012

The first breed of the week that I will be covering is the Labrador Retriever. This breed was not picked first by chance. It is the most popular breed for pet owners and has remained at the top of the list in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom for many of years. So why is this breed so popular? The answer to that is very easy.This lovable and adorable breed has one of the best temperaments out of any other breed.

Labrador Retrievers are said to be bred around the sixteenth century near Labrador, Canada . They are a mix mainly of Newfoundlands and Portuguese water dogs.  They were originally bred to be hunting dogs (specifically for waterfowl), and remain one of the best in that field. Their sense of smell, quick feet, and short-hair coat, allows labs to be efficient and effective hunters.

Regardless of being hunting dogs, they remain one of the most docile breeds. They are great family dogs because of their calm attitude and ability to handle young children. However, labs are always there to protect their family if the situation presents itself.

Today, labs are come in a variety of three different colors including: yellow, chocolate, and black. Labrador Retrievers originally appeared in black and then occasionally started appearing in yellow and chocolate. However, black labs remain the most popular color of the breed.

Labrador Retrievers are recognized by the AKC and have certain breed standards. Males should stand 22.5 to 24.5 inches and weigh around 65 to 80 lbs. Females should stand 21.5 to 23.5 inches and weigh somewhere around 55 to 70 lbs.

Labs have obtained the man’s best friend role for many years.

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