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The Most Popular Dog Breeds | Labrador Retriever

Updated on February 1, 2013

Labrador Retriever. The most popular dog breed in the world.

The Labrador Retriever or "Lab" is considered the most popular breed in the world, in the U.S. is the most popular dog breed for the last 20 years, is also the most popular dog breed in England and many other countries. The Labrador retriever is docile, obedient, extremely intelligent, quiet, but very available for sports and family. It is the ideal dog for a family with children because of their loyalty, affectionate nature and friendly behavior with children. A true companion for all ages. Give a Labrador a little love, and they will return it back ten fold. These are remarkable dogs that make excellent pets, friends and family members.

Being an excellent family pet is only a small portion he also excels at police work, search and rescue, as a guide dog for the blind, drug detection, service dogs, agility ring, at obedience competitions and hunting.

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Labrador Retriever - History

Despite the name the Labrador Retriever breed originated from the cold and inhospitable region of Newfoundland in the east coast of Canada. Its origin is a bit of a mystery, but evidence found, indicate the existence of two dog breeds in the region: a larger size short-haired, Greater Newfoundland, and a smaller one with shorter hair Lesser Newfoundland, also known as St. John's Water Dog. The Greater Newfoundland dogs worked in teams hauling fish, the smaller, but rugged Lesser Newfoundland marveled fishermen with is attitude even after long days retrieving nets from the icy cold sea, playing happily with children after returning to shore. These dogs became incredibly popular with fishermen since their physical strength and attitude seemed to have no limit.

In the year 1825 the third Earl of Malmsbury met and became interested in those St. John's water dogs, taking some specimens to Britain. He and his son undertook the task of systematic breeding these dogs, even the name change, is to is credit, having been the first to call them Labrador or Labrador Retriever.

By 1870 the breed had already acquired presence in sport hunting magazines of that time that mentioned a dog with a balanced temperament and natural abilities as a retriever. It was certainly the temperament and hunting ability that allowed the breed to rapidly be among the favorites of British sportsman.

In 1903 the English Kennel Club recognized the Labrador Retriever as an official breed. It wasn't until 1917 that the American Kennel Club certified the breed.The pedigree of the breed goes back as far as 1878.

Since the beginning of the 20th century Labrador has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity, mainly because of their docile nature and other characteristics that make it the ideal dog for a family, especially with children.

Labrador Retriever - Training

The Labrador Retriever is one of the easiest to train of all dog breeds! Combining their intelligence with training consistency and positive reinforcement they learn all new commands quickly. The Labrador Retriever puppy should be trained at an early age not to pull on the leash, as they can get very powerful as they grow.

Labrador Retriever - Shedding and grooming

The Labrador sheds a large amount of hair. The short coat of the Labrador Retriever only requires an occasional brushing. A weekly brushing is sufficient to remove loose hair and keep it good looking and healthy.

Labrador Retriever - Health and Care

  • Prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, PRA and eye disorders.
  • Tendency for obesity, as they sure enjoy eating.
  • Cancer (primary cause of death in all Retrievers)
  • Life Span: 10 to 13 years
  • Litter Size: 8 to 12 puppies is the average litter size.
  • Suitability with children: Yes, is gentle nature make him the ideal dog around children.
  • Suitability with other Pets: Yes
  • Exercise Required: High, Labradors are the happiest running around playing fetch or swimming,
  • Maintenance: Not to expensive to maintain
  • Living Conditions: A home with a large yard is best suited to the Labrador Retriever. Being an easily adaptable breed they will also do well in small yard or even in an apartment as long as they exercise daily.

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