Extremely active, friendly, social and of course, uniquely handsome – it’s quite obvious why Labrador Retrievers are such a popular dog breed all across the world. Take a look at things you didn’t know about Labrador retrievers to truly appreciate the magnificence of this breed.
If you have ever seen a Labrador retriever up-close, then you must already be aware of their good nature and good looks. But are you aware that they were actually bred to help fishermen in Canada?
They Are the Most Pup-ular Dogs in America
Of the 193 different dog breeds registered in the American Kennel Club (AKC), Labrador retrievers rank the highest. This breed has secured the top spot in AKC’s registry for the past 28 years straight!
Reigning supreme over all other dog breeds for almost 3 decades in a row, it doesn’t really seem like the Labs are ever going to step down from their spot anytime soon.
The Breed Officially Turned 100 Years Old
Although the breed was introduced in the early 19th Century, the Labrador retriever wasn’t registered in the AKC database until 1917. This means that the Lab is now officially a hundred year old breed.
Labrador Is the Traditional ‘Waterdog’ of Newfoundland
Historically, these dogs were prized for the assistance that they provided to fishermen in the northern region of Canada. They would haul nets, fetch ropes, and retrieve fish from the North Atlantic Ocean. Their physical traits made them the ideal candidates for the job.
Labs have short fur which keeps them warm but doesn’t become too heavy to cause hindrance in swimming. Their webbed toes and the shape of their tail further facilitate in swimming. These dogs are also nicknamed St. Johns Dog.
A Labrador Was the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived
Bella was a Labrador retriever that lived with her owner, David Richardson in Clay Cross, Derbyshire – a county in the East Midlands of England. The dog was adopted by Richardson in about 1982 when she was just a three-year-old pup. However, she lived to a ripe old age before she suffered a heart attack in 2008. She had to be put to sleep due to the illness. According to her owner, Bella was 29 years old at the time of her death!
Unfortunately, she couldn’t be given the official title of the oldest dog that ever lived because Richardson had no documents to prove her real age.
You Can Get a Silver Labrador
You would probably know that Labradors come in three colors – chocolate, yellow, and black. But did you know that silver Labradors also exist?
Although this variation is a highly controversial topic in the dog community, there’s no denying that a silver-fur Lab can make anyone fall head over heels in love with them. They have all the qualities of a typical Lab but what makes them truly distinct is the extra glossy, silver-gray coat that is simply one of its kind.