What makes Labradors so popular? According to the AKC , “After being crossed with Setters, Spaniels and other Retrievers, the Labrador Retriever honed its skills as a true retriever. From this point in the breed’s history, “Labs,” as they are affectionately called, were bred primarily to perform as an efficient retriever of game, with a stable temperament suitable for a variety of activities beyond hunting.”
Their versatility is no doubt one of the things that has led to their popularity. Just a few of the jobs they’ve held are: guide dogs for the blind, service dogs, search and rescue, narcotics detection, therapy work and of course the job they were originally bred for, retrieving.
Labs are a large dog, averaging 65 to 80 pounds, and they have a short, dense coat that comes in three different colors: yellow, chocolate and black. They are bred to have an outgoing, non-aggressive temperament which makes them wonderful pets for active families.
However, a lab is not for everyone. They do best in homes where they can receive the attention and interaction with their owners that they crave. Also, as a sporting breed, they won’t be happy as couch potatoes, they want and need to get up and go.
If you think a Labrador retriever may be the dog for you, you can find more information on them at www.thelabradorclub.com and www.akc.org . Also, like many popular breeds there is no shortage of Labradors in shelters and rescues in need of good homes, www.petfinder.com is a great place to start your search.