One of the cutest, popular and the friendliest of dogs is the Labrador Retriever. Their love for all things fun, friendly demeanour and their nature to please their humans makes them the most affectionate dog breed.
The Breed Purpose
Labrador Retrievers were bred in Canada in the 1800s for a distinct purpose – to help fishermen retriever their catch from water and bring it back easily. And for that, they developed a breed that would be the best water retrievers. Some of the key characteristics of Labradors are: their webbed paws that makes them excellent swimmers, their otter like tail to help them manoeuvre in water to retrieve catch, and a waterproof coat which is actually a double coat – there is a soft undercoat that is weather-resistant and keeps the dog insulated from extreme cold while the dense outer coat allows the body’s natural oils to repel moisture. Labradors were also bred to have a voracious appetite to help them retrieve catch.
Labradors are the most popular breed and are exceptionally warm and intelligent. Because of their friendly and helpful nature, a majority of guide dogs are usually Labradors. They are great in bomb detection, search-and-rescue and stress therapy of various kinds.
Labradors are high-energy dogs and need plenty of exercise on a daily basis to keep them active. They are great for families with children and are easy to train too. Labradors are sprinters and need loads of room to run around. An overall healthy dog, their love for food often makes them obese so a proper diet and weight management is a must.
Games that you can play with your Labrador
Labradors were bred to be excellent swimmers so water games will always bring loads of fun for your lab. You can play water retrieval games, swimming; retriever games in general, find the treat under the cup and many more.
Although Labradors are healthy in general, they are prone to a few ailments such as Obesity, Hip and Retinal Dysplasia and elbow problems. Monitoring your dog’s diet is a must to maintain optimal weight and to avoid any weight related issues when Labs grow older. Pumpkin, fish oil and oats are great to help your dog lose weight.
Labradors are medium in size and are strongly built. A male lab generally weighs between 29-36 kilos, while a female lab weighs between 25-32 kgs.
Labradors have an average life span of 12 – 13 years.
Labradors are found in black, yellow and chocolate colors and at times a single litter can have all these three coloured labs. They have a short and dense coat that needs regular grooming.
- Highly friendly
- Love water sports and swimming
Labradors are foodies and tend to gain weight quickly, if they do not get enough exercise. If you have a labrador puppy, you should feed him a high protein, low calorie diet. For an adult lab, you should stick to a proper feeding routine and ideally feed him twice a day instead of leaving out food all the time.
For more on the right kind of dry dog food to offer your lab and other lab related products, check out our carefully curated list here.
Labrador Retriever Fun Facts
- Labs are known to be great sprinters. They can hit 19 kms an hour in just three seconds.
- A lab mix named Bosco became the honorary mayor of a place in California and ran as a ‘Re’pup’lican’. His slogan was “A bone in every dish, a cat in every tree, and a fire hydrant on every corner”.
- Labs were the first dogs to detect diabetic disorders by their ability to smell the chemical changes whenever low blood sugar occurred.
- Tubby, a Labrador in UK holds the World Record for the highest number of bottles recycled by a dog. Tubby has recycled over 26 thousand plastic bottles over the last six years by collecting them on his daily walks, crushing them and passing it on to his human.
- 22 different labs played the lead character in the movie “Marley & Me”.
Watch this video that features our Founder – Rashi Sanon Narang and her inspiration – Sara, the adorable Labrador Retriever: