10 Things You May Not Have Known About Labrador Retrievers

Posted by Mateja Lane

Labrador Retrievers are America’s number one dog! 

Labradors have won America’s #1 dog for the 25th year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club, and it is easy to see why!

Labs are lovable and hardworking, but how much do you really know about them? Here are 10 odd facts about our country’s favorite water dog and most popular breed.

1. The Labrador Retriever was inducted into the AKC Registry in 1917.

Old Avarest

2. Labradors aren’t from Labrador. They are from Newfoundland, Canada even once having the nickname the St. John’s dog…

St. John's, Newfoundland Through A Loop

3. Silver Labradors exist, but aren’t recognized by breeders or kennel clubs. 

Silver Valley Kennels

4. The world’s oldest Lab was 29 years old. Her name was Bella. 


5. Their “gentle mouths” are a result of being bred as bird dogs for so long. 

Lab And Mallard Duck

6. “Show Labs” are often thought of as “English Labs” and “field Labs” are called “American Labs.”

But they are all the same breed of Labrador Retriever…They can be show dogs and field dogs!


7. Labrador Retrievers are not good watchdogs

had a hard day

8. Labs have a double-layered coat to protect them from icy water; they’re almost waterproof!


9. They originally helped fishermen in Newfoundland retrieve fish and collect lines in the water. 

Country Life

10. Labs almost went extinct in the late 1800s because Newfoundland put a tax on households with more than one dog, particularly households with female dogs.

Labrador retriever-mother and her puppy

Labrador Retrievers are one of the most recognizable breeds of dogs. Even people who aren’t dog lovers can recognize a Lab! They make great therapy dogs, service dogs and guide dogs, gun dogs retrieving upland game and fowl, search and rescue dogs, and are the best all-around family dog. Their health problems are similar to most large dogs. They are susceptible to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Diabetes can also be a serious problem if your Lab suffers from obesity.

And remember, a bored Lab is a destructive Lab. Make sure you give your buddy daily exercise!

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From Black Labs to Chocolate Labs to Yellow Labs, the Labrador breed makes the perfect best friend. Visit the Labrador Retriever Club of the United States for more information!

Show how much you love Labs and share these facts!

Do you have a Labrador Retriever? Tell us about him or her in the comments below!

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10 Things You May Not Have Known About Labrador Retrievers