Have you considered adopting a Labrador Retriever dog yet? This loveable breed is easily one of the most popular dog breeds in the Netherlands. And, as one of the oldest companion dog breeds, there is no doubt that you would fall for their uplifting energy and charm! So, if you want to know more about Labs and see whether they align with you and your family’s needs, read further and find out!
Labrador Retriever Dog Breed Basics
- Size: Large
- Weight: 25-36kg
- Life expectancy: 10-12 years
- Classification: Sporting
- Good with other dogs: yes
- Good with kids: yes
- Good with cats: yes
History & Origin
Labrador Retriever dogs found their origins in the island of Newfoundland (located on the northeastern Atlantic coast of Canada) in the early 1700s. Their heritage is unknown, but it is believed that Labs were the result of interbreeding the Newfoundland Dog and other local water dogs. Canada’s traditional waterdog would serve as a companion and helper to fishermen. As helpers, they would assist in catching any fish that escaped hooks and retrieving (hunt) ducks.
Did you know? Labrador Retriever dogs almost became extinct in the 1880s due to government restrictions and tax laws in Newfoundland. However, after the English noblemen visited Canada, took notice of the breed’s usefulness and imported the Labrador Retriever dogs, they were credited for saving the breed from extinction.
Nowadays, the Labrador Retriever dog’s services are equally useful (or— a lot more!). Services that they provide include:
- Search & rescue (like German Shepherds)
- Drug & explosive detection
- Assistance with disabilities
They are also excellent candidates in dog competitions for show, field, obedience, and agility.
The Labrador Retriever dog is solid and sturdy with a water repellent double coat that comes in predominantly black, white, yellow, and chocolate colors. Some of their most distinguishing features include their dropped ears, large eyes, and their broadhead. In addition, they have a straight, thick tail and webbed feet, which assist them in swimming.
Labrador Retrievers are high-energy dogs that require a lot of attention and plenty of chew toys. They love being around people, and they are good at following commands. As a result, they tend to get highly protective of their home and family. However, they can easily switch to destructive behavior patterns such as chewing, digging, and barking in excessive amounts when left alone.
Labrador Retriever dogs make excellent family dogs due to their energetic nature encourages play, training and overall exercise. If you are active and you or other family members have enough time to spend with them, training them won’t be as challenging. Since they were initially bred for retrieving, these dogs enjoy working hard and having things to do, such as retrieving stuff. Do take advantage of their hardworking nature by training them at an early age. This will also help contain their high energy and eliminate chewing and other potential disasters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Labrador retrievers hypoallergic?
No. Labrador Retrievers shed their coats every season (and this means you should expect a lot of shedding!). This prevents them from being prone to allergies that would otherwise affect dogs.
What problems do Labradors have?
Any health-related problems can vary depending on each dog. However, issues that Labrador Retriever dogs may have include:
- patellar luxation
- canine hip dysplasia (CHD)
- canine elbow & shoulder dysplasia (osteochondritis dissecans).
- exercise-induced collapse
- muscular dystrophy
- tricuspid valve dysplasia
Some other minor problems such as hypothyroidism, hot spots, and cataracts may also appear. Make sure to run tests for their knees, hips, eyes, and elbow during the usual medical check-ups. Check out Cooper Pet Care’s pet insurance and make pet visits affordable.
Can Labrador Retrievers be aggressive?
Labrador Retriever dogs are rarely ever aggressive. Of course, this may differ due to a particular dog’s personality, training, and other factors. Generally, they are very laid back and extremely friendly.