Labrador Retrievers

labradorLabrador Retrievers History:

The Earl of Malmesbury first coined the name “Labrador” in 1887.  Before, Labradors were called “John’s Dog” or “lesser Newfoundland dog”. In the 1700’s, the breed was in Newfoundland and was then imported to England in the beginning of the early 1800’s. The exact origin of the Labradors remains unknown but some speculate the French St. Hubert’s dog or the Greater Newfoundland dog is a part of the cross that made the St. John’s dog.

Appearance:

Labradors come in three colors: black, yellow or chocolate. These dogs sport a double coat that protects them from cold and wet conditions that retrievers encounter while they’re out hunting. Their undercoats are soft and weather-resistant while their top coats are short, thick and straight. They have broad heads and wide muzzles, friendly eyes and medium-sized, pendant ears.

Temperament:

Labrador’s are kind, pleasant, outgoing and tractable in nature.  Their great sense of smell allows them to home in on almost any scent and follow the path of its origin. Labradors instinctively enjoy holding objects and even hands or arms in their mouths, which they can do with great gentleness, leaving the objects unharmed.

Health:

A Labrador’s life expectancy is generally 10 to 12 years. Labradors are healthy dogs with few major problems: they are somewhat prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, especially the larger ones and knee problems.