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Labrador Dogs

Updated on June 12, 2013
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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.



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    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      3 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes peachpurple you are right they are very loyal to their owners and they can be quite big. These dogs have a lovely nature.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i had seen these dogs, really big and loyal to owners

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      They are lovely natured dogs arent they DDE. Good to hear from you.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Labrador Dogs are some of my favorite breeds and I so enjoy having them.

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      denden mangubat 

      5 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      hehe

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      I only have one sorry. They are lovely dogs though and thanks for reading.

    • denden mangubat profile image

      denden mangubat 

      5 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      do you have some?can i have one?hehe

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi DDE. They are lovely dogs and have a beautiful nature. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I just like these dogs their character and breed, I have learned much more here about these beautiful canines

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for your lovely comments midget38. I love animals too. They are so therapeutic and having them around makes such a difference in our lives.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      I love labs. They are even tempered, gentle giants! Thanks for these fascinating facts, tebo! Glad to connect with a fellow pet lover.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Sounds like you have had some lovely dogs living with you. They sure do become part of the family. Its lovely just looking at them and knowing they enjoy being a part of our families.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Beautifully written and full of good information. Our latest adoptee is a Lab cross and he is the joy of our lives along with his little "sister" who is 12 and the last of four strays we had with us at one time. They become like part of the family and I couldn't imagine living without these wonderful companions. Great read here!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      survey away, and, yes, my dogs are most interesting.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for reading Om Paramapoonya. Yes Labradors are lovely natured dogs. They are a joy to be around.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      Your lab is so cute! The Labrador is one of my favorite dog breeds. Thanks for this lovely and informative hub :)

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      You have an interesting couple of dogs. Your comment has reminded me about the surveys. I must get onto that. Thanks

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      out labradoodle loves me, my wife, other dogs. our chow love: food, water, my wife Interesting priorities.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Your dog sounds like a real character. It's nice that he does what he pleases when he pleases for him anyway, but maybe not so good for you. Thanks for commenting.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Our lab/german shorthair looks almost like your dog in his younger days. He will be 14 in Feb so he's pretty old and gray looking now. I can't say he has been a wonderful dog, we've had better but he sure has some really good qualities and some really bad habits that we have never been able to change. He does what he pleases when he pleases.

      Good Hub.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      That's interesting and I'm glad you told me that because I must say our dog seems to enjoy human company more than anything.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      it's a lot more work having two dogs and ours don't actually really interact with one another

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      I have often wondered about getting another dog to keep my dog company but there is usually someone here most of the time and he does seem to love human company. I will have a look at your hub that you have mentioned.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i have two dogs. baby and Bella. there's a poem about Baby on the hub called "Burial and Retrieval"

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi PDXKaraokeGuy. I love dogs too. They are just so gorgeous. I only have one dog, those photos are all of the same one just at different ages. Your dog sounds interesting. I will have to read your hub about Bella.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Nell Rose. They are lovely dogs, so friendly and people loving. Thanks for reading.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile image

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I love dogs and yours are super cute!We have a labradoodle (I have a hub about her, "Bella") and she has the playful silliness of a lab and the regalness of a poodle. Great dogs, and very smart. Thanks for sharing about yours!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, what a great explanation of these lovely dogs, all you need to know in one hub, great stuff! I love them to bits, and yours loves mayonaise? ha ha! rated up! cheers nell

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      I agree Movie Master they are wonderful dogs. Guide dogs are so well trained, they are just amazing. Thanks for reading.

    • tebo profile imageAUTHOR

      tebo 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Kristin. Yes I like you thought the white chest was the cross coming out, but interestingly it is a lab characteristic. They are wonderful dogs. The pictured dog is my dog and he is great.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      These are wonderful dogs, by friends guide dog is a lab and she is amazing!

    • Kristin Halsted profile image

      Kristin Halsted 

      6 years ago

      Wow! My favorite subject... Labs! My current lab is a stray we found and looks much like the dog in your pictures. I always thought the white chest markings came from whatever other breed he is mixed with. Very interesting to learn that the white chest is a lab characteristic. Mine also has white toes! They are the best dogs! Thanks for the great hub! Voted up!

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