A Few Facts
- Labradors say I Love You with their big soft eyes, & display affection by wanting to come and lie down beside you
- Labs bond not only to individuals but to the whole family making them a great dog for your home
- The Labs size and strength make it a very versatile breed ideal for assisting people in everything from search-and-rescue to being a special needs dog
- The oldest living Lab was called Adjutant, born in 1936, and lived for 27 years and three months. He was the 7th oldest known dog in history, regardless of breed
Labradors are an especially active breed, so meals need to be planned. Always wanting to please, to train your Pup use positive reinforcement with treats and rewards. Your loving direction will curb unwanted exuberance
While we now know the Labrador Retriever, Labradors or Labs for short, as great companions and family dogs with gentle disposition and loyalty, they were originally used as Sporting Dogs, to hunt game birds and waterfowl.
While the Labrador’s exact origins are unknown, they were first called a St. John’s Dog or lesser Newfoundland dog. Newfoundland, near Canada, was settled by English fisherman as early as the 1500’s and the original St. John’s dogs helped retrieve fish from hooks & lines. In 1887 the Earl of Malmesbury, England, first used the term Labradors to describe the dogs.
Labradors almost became extinct a few times in the past and the St. John’s dogs that Labs came from are now extinct in Newfoundland. If you’ve owned a Lab you know how great it is that Labradors survived to be enjoyed as our companions today.