The Labrador Retriever is a typical family pet, a beloved hunting dog, and an invaluable working dog. Since the breed was established in the 19th century, they have gone on to win over many people with their many good qualities. Here we look at the reasons why you should get a Labrador Retriever.
This is a very friendly and gentle breed. Young Labradors are often very energetic and bouncy, but at their core they are sweet-natured, loyal and fun loving, sometimes even goofy, dogs. This is a breed that wants to make friends with everyone, even cats! This friendliness is part of what has made the Labrador Retriever so beloved by so many, and what makes this breed such a popular pet – especially for families with children.
The Labrador Retriever was originally bred for retrieving game, and while today some are still used for retrieving, this breed has proven incredibly versatile and hard working. Labradors have been used a guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, trackers, lifeguard dogs, assistance dogs, therapy dogs and more. They adapt well to different climates and situations, so they can work in many different parts of the world. Their natural friendliness and eagerness to please means they can work with all sorts of people; and their intelligence means they can learn a huge variety of commands.
Labrador Retrievers are generally very clever dogs, as evidenced by how many different jobs they can be trained for: guiding, therapy, hunting and so on. One Labrador named Endal was so intelligent and well trained that he was able to put an unconscious person in the recovery position, find the man’s mobile phone, cover him with a blanket, and even find help by going to a nearby hotel! Even your average pet Labrador is smart enough to all the basic commands and a whole host of tricks. Their intelligence, combined with their seemingly boundless energy, can be channelled into activities such as Frisbee, Canine Agility, and a host of other sports. A bored Labrador will often create its own entertainment – often by escaping the house and exploring the neighbourhood!
Looks aren’t everything but let’s face it: the Labrador Retriever is a beautiful dog. These dogs have large eyes, floppy ears, and sleek coat. Whether you prefer the lankier American variety or the chunkier English bred Labrador Retriever, they are all lovely dogs. The colours variants are also great: chocolate, golden, and black, with various shades of each colour.