Everything You Need to Know About Labrador Retrievers

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America's #1 dog! Labradors are your dogs next door. This is one popular dog breed that almost everyone can pick out of a crowd! It is no surprise that the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the country, according to the American Kennel Club.

This versatile breed is gentle enough to be a family dog, driven enough to be a sporting dog, and intelligent enough to excel as guide dogs, police K9s, and search and rescue dogs. The Labrador breed standards include three colors: yellow, black, and chocolate.

Differences Between Yellow, Black, and Chocolate? 

"Although our early Labrador Retrievers were predominantly black, some of these original dogs carried the genetic information required to produce chocolate puppies," explains The Labrador Site. " The color black in Labradors is dominant.  That means that if a Labrador has one gene for the color brown, and one gene for the color black, the dog will be black." 

Black labs are seen in the working community a lot in the UK and US.

And chocolate lab sizes vary a lot. English chocolate labs are more likely to have a chunky Labrador head and thick otter tail! Adorable! They're also known to be easier going.

The yellow lab may range in coat color from fox-red to light cream, with variations in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog. All three colors have a double coat.

Caring for the Labrador Breed

Regardless of the color, they need a lot of mental stimulation and obedience training is also something pet parents should consider. They are one the breeds known best for working as therapy dogs, service dogs, as a gun dog and guide dogs for the blind. This popular breed makes great family dogs, and they're loyal best friends.

The AKC  has an entire section on their site - don't miss this resource as they talk about potential health problems including elbow dysplasia, and hip dysplasia. They also have the official breed club statement. The Labrador Retriever Club, inc. is another outstanding resource if you're looking for information about the Labrador Retriever.

Surprisingly, Labrador Retrievers originated in Newfoundland where they were actually bred with a Newfoundland dog to produce the St. John's Water Dog, which eventually became the Labrador Retriever.

These barrels of love can be great dogs with proper training and daily exercise, which is especially necessary if you decide to hunt your Labrador. They are an extremely friendly breed and will do anything to please their owner (and for treats). Labs are truly food motivated and tend to be more prone to obesity than other breeds. When you take the time to train your Lab well, he'll be your best buddy for life and will happily accompany you on all of your adventures.

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Everything You Need to Know About Labrador Retrievers