1. Let’s go swimming
With webbed toes, an otter-like tail, and double-coat, the Labrador retriever was made for swimming and are said to be waterproof.
2. Hold the phone, Labrador retrievers didn’t come from Labrador?
It’s true. Labrador retrievers as we know them today are actually descended from Newfoundland - off the east coast of Canada.
3. Always guiding the way
Thanks to their gentle and intelligent nature, Labrador Retrievers are often the prime breed chosen for guide dogs, search-and-rescue teams, or in narcotics detection with law enforcement.
4. They are North America’s sweetheart
There is absolutely no denying it - the Labrador breed has been the most popular ranked dog breed for 24 years (according to the AKC history) - the longest of any of the breeds.
5. They almost went extinct
During the 1800s in Newfoundland, the breed was nearly wiped out due to government regulations and laws. Thankfully in England, the breed was still favored as a hunting and family dog and in 1903 the England Kennel Club recognized the breed. The American Kennel Club followed suit in 1917.
6. They are super fast
Labrador retrievers are known for their ability to sprint. They can hit 12 miles an hour in just three seconds.
7. Black, yellow, and chocolate are not the only Labs around
Although a bit more rare, there are silver labradors (a chocolate lab with a dilution gene) and fox red (dark yellow or reddish individuals, which are a bit more common). These colors have turned into rare gems for breeders.
8. Loves people
It has been known that if a Lab is left alone for long periods of time, they can experience separation anxiety. They love to be emotionally connected and interacting with others.
References 1. AKC 2. Pet 360 3. Mental Floss