10 Things You May Not Have Known About Labrador Retrievers

Posted by Mateja Lane
Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are America's number one dog! Labradors have won America's most popular dog breed for the 25th year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club, and it is easy to see why! If you know a lab, you know how affectionate, fun-loving, and easily trainable these dogs can be. They're right at home playing with the kids or heading out into the woods for a hunting trip.

Labs are lovable and hardworking, but how much do you really know about these high-energy working dogs? Here are 10 odd facts about Labrador Retrievers, our country's favorite water dog and most popular breed.

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

Labrador Retriever
Old Avarest

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

St. John's, Newfoundland Through A Loop

3. Silver Labradors exist, but aren't recognized by breeders or kennel clubs. The official coat colors are Chocolate, Yellow, and Black. 

Labrador Retriever
Silver Valley Kennels

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

Oldest Labrador Retriever

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 sporting dogs!

Labrador Retriever

7. Labrador Retrievers are not necessarily good watchdogs...

Labrador Retriever

8. Labs have a double coat to protect them from icy water kinda like otters; they're almost waterproof! They also have webbed toes...

Labrador Retriever

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

Labrador Retriever
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

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!

READ MORE: Hungry, Hungry Labs: The Genetics of Obesity

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 fun facts! And if you are looking for a fun Labrador-specific Facebook page, check out Labrador's World!

Other breeds you should check out? The German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and perhaps hunting dogs!

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

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