Labrador Retriever, Most Popular Dog Breed

 Labrador Retriever

Today, I am featuring the world’s most popular dog breed the Labrador Retriever. Here is everything you need to know about this amazing dog breed

Here are some breed statistics

Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
Height  Up to2 feet tall at the shoulder
Weight:55 to 80 pounds
Life Span:10 to 12 years

How Labrador Retrievers Can Help Us

Labradors were first bred as sporting dogs but since then they have been adapted to work as :

Search and Rescue Dogs

Guide Dogs and other Assistance Dogs

Companion Dogs

Therapy Dogs

Agility and Obedience Dogs

Tracker or Sniffer Dogs

Drug and Explosive Detection Dogs

Retrievers for Hunters and Gun Dogs



Labrador Retrievers were originally bred in Newfoundland off the northeastern Atlantic coast of Canada. They were known as the St.John’s dog after the capital city and were used to help out local fishermen.

What To Expect From A Labrador Retriever Puppy

What to Expect from a Labrador Retriever Puppy

Labs are known for their enormous appetites and owners must watch that the dog doesn’t become obese. Any potential owners should be committed to giving the Labrador up to an hour of exercise a day. They should also sign up for a comprehensive training programme, these are big strong dogs with boundless energy. A bored, understimulated Labrador Retriever can have tendencies towards chewing, digging and other destructive behaviors.

A Lab will enjoy carrying things in his mouth, buy strong durable toys for this purpose.

Labrador puppies grow considerably between four to seven months so it is important to provide high-quality puppy food specifically designed for large dogs, to prevent bone disorders.

This breed does shed so a good vacuum cleaner will be needed. They have double coats which are almost waterproof and have webbed toes.

The double coat is there to protect them against cold and icy water.

They are excellent swimmers.

They have ‘gentle mouths’ perfect for retrieving birds.

How To keep your Labrador Retriever Healthy

The Health Of Labrador Retrievers

Hip Dysplasia: a heritable condition in which the thighbone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip joint. Some dogs show pain and lameness in one or both rear legs.
Lipomas are benign (non-cancerous) fat deposits, or fatty tumours and can develop in Labradors, as well as most other dogs.

Labrador Retrievers can suffer from allergies that lead to dermatitis.

Health Tips

1 Keep your dog’s weight under control with a well-balanced diet and lots of exercise.

2 Look after oral care, ideally, brush teeth daily and provide dental sticks to prevent a build-up of plaque.

3 Keep your dog’s brain active by teaching tricks or using interactive dog toys like this Bob a Lot Interactive Toy

bob-a-lot toy


4 Change the places that you walk your dog and take a ball so that he covers more distance.

5 Make time for your labrador, he loves being by your side.

The World’s oldest Labrador was 29 years old (and called Bella)


Labrador Retriever Guide Dog Gift
Keyring to help Guide Dogs For The Blind available from Dogalogue just £1.99


What do people say about the Labrador Retriever dog breed?

Here  is an excellent article about Labrador Retrievers by tv personality Ben Fogle. He talks about his love for the breed, some of the dogs he has owned himself and also celebrities and politicians who are massive fans of the breed. I remember Ben taking part in the Castaway programme for BBC. His faithful black Labrador was never far from his side. Sadly, Inca died in 2012 leaving Ben and his family devastated.
It was refreshing to read a detailed article about the breed from someone who clearly adores them.
This is a quote from the Telegraph article which I found particularly moving.
I know it sounds saccharine, but these loyal black dogs have been my guardian angels over the years, silently guiding and directing me. They are always there, offering a tonic to many of the ills of the world and we can learn a great deal from them. Man’s best friend… for ever.

Labrador Retrievers are renowned for being excellent family dogs, especially with children.


Famous Labrador Retrievers

Ben of Hyde holds the record for being the first documented yellow Labrador Retriever. He was born in early 1899. Most lines of yellow labs currently can be traced back to the Ben of Hyde bloodline.

Marley – The movie Marley and Me features none other than the lab Marley. A variety of age range labs played Marley, representing different parts of her growth and experience. The movie is based on the true-life adventures of Marley and owner John Grogan.

Buddy and SeamusFormer United States President Bill Clinton had two famous labs as pets named Buddy and Seamus. It raised the Labrador Retrievers popularity to an all-time high.

Jake – Jake is a gorgeous black lab that made his search and rescue debut after the 911 attacks. He tirelessly worked to try and locate both survivors and victims. He also participated in search and rescue operations in both hurricane Rita and Katrina.


Guide Dogs For The Blind

Dogalogue is a fantastic UK charity which supports the Guide Dogs For The Blind. As we all know, Labrador Retrievers make wonderful Guide Dogs and by supporting Dogalogue you help to train a support dog.

They have a wonderful selection of dog-themed gifts at amazing prices.

You can read much more about how Dogalogue works here



Finally, what are Labrador Retrievers not good at?

They are useless watchdogs, a burglar is in very grave danger of being licked to death!

Thank you for reading.

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