A Little History
Labrador dogs or as they are sometimes known Labrador Retrievers are very popular dogs for many different reasons. Their origin is somewhat disputed, but it is generally agreed they originated from Newfoundland and were used by the local fishermen for retrieving fishing nets. The dogs were known as New Foundland or St John's dogs after the areas where they were found.These dogs enjoy working. They have webbed paws, an otter tail and a double coat which is waterproof. These qualities are extremely helpful for retrieving ducks when used by duck shooting owners,and were helpful in their earlier days in the icy cold fishing waters.
Why You Should Have A Labrador Dog
Labradors have a lovely temperament and are very good with children. If someone is happy to toss the ball for them they will chase after it for as long as you continue, no matter how puffed out they are. In line with their natural tendency to fetch they can be trained to fetch items such as the paper and slippers.
Labradors were always black, some with a white spot on their chest. As the breed developed other colours appeared in litters, but were rarely bred from. Gradually the yellow or golden Labrador became accepted officially and further down the track the chocolate brown Labrador gained acceptance after struggling for recognition.
Labradors love to chew especially as puppies and young dogs. It is important to provide chew toys for them or bones of suitable size for chewing. They will chew whatever is left within reach, so keep things out of harms way especially if the dog is left alone for any length of time. A cage or secure area is helpful for these times provided they are not left for too long. Labradors do love company and do not like being alone for long periods of time. They have a tendency to suffer from separation anxiety so are best in an environment where people are coming and going or best of all home most of the time.
These dogs love to eat and will eat anything and everything. My Labrador cross will eat stones(when I'm working in the garden), and most varieties of food, but does draw the line at tomatoes and lettuce unless covered in mayonnaise. I have read that in exchange for their help with the nets and retrieving any fish that had fallen overboard they were fed fish scraps. Some say they were only fed during the winter, having to find their own food in summer and this could be why the Labrador is constantly in search of food.
Being essentially a working dog by nature Labradors can be found in a variety of jobs. Labradors are often found working on farms, as a hunting dog especially useful for retrieving ducks if they fall in water. They are used widely as guide dogs for sight impaired people as well as people with other disabilities, and make good sniffer dogs for police work.
Of course they also make wonderful pets for both children and adults. Labradors need plenty of exercise such as daily walks and games of throw and catch. A trip to the beach will give your dog a wonderful run as they can usually be let off the lead and their enjoyment of water makes it a real pleasure for them.