Originated in Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada, the Labrador Retrievers were first used to retrieve large fish escaping from nets in icy waters and waterfowls. In the 19th century, they were taken on fishing boats to England where they were used and bred as hunting dogs. Being gundogs, and therefore used to spending a great deal of time with their masters, the Labradors exhibit a tremendous preference for the company of people. They are also known to be highly compatible with other pets.
Labradors love being around people and wants to be everybody’s friend. They are very sociable, intelligent, active, fun-loving animals who are eager to please. They make ideal pets for families with children, and make great watchdogs too. The best possible reference for the breed’s docile and reliable nature is the fact that virtually all guide dogs for the blind in Australia are Labrador Retrievers.
Grooming and care
Labradors require very little grooming and only need the regular trimming of their nails and cleaning of their ears.
Labradors are very responsive to training and require regular exercises. Adult Labradors require a 30-minute walk each day and puppies will need regular short play time. It is also important to monitor their diet as they mature because they do have the tendency to put on weight which can cause health problems.
For the latest research in breed-related problems in Labrador Retrievers visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.