Labrador Retrievers were first bred in Canada as duck-hunting and fishing assistants
For 28 years in a row, Labs have been the most popular breed in America
The Labrador Retriever is America’s favorite dog, topping the most popular breeds list for a whopping 28 years in a row, and it’s easy to see why. These easygoing, affectionate, energetic dogs are family-friendly all-rounders, equally at home on the couch
Here’s everything else you need to know about Labrador Retrievers:
1. Labs love the water.
In fact, they were made for it! Their thick tail (sometimes called an “otter tail”) is used as a powerful rudder, their webbed feet help them swim fast, and their thick, waterproof coats keep them happy even in cold water, like the icy Newfoundland waters where they were first bred. All of these traits make Labs great competitors in Dock Diving trials.
2. They are purpose-bred hunting dogs.
Labs started out as duck retrievers, and after they were brought back to England in the 1800s, the British bred them as game-hunting companions. Today, they’re excellent retrievers who can work in a variety of settings, including waterfowl hunting and game hunting, often for many hours at a time. You’ll find Labs excelling in Retriever Field Trials and Retriever Hunting Tests