Labrador Retrievers – Fun Facts
In the early stages of development, the Labrador breed nearly became extinct. In Newfoundland, it was thought that sheep breeding was more profitable for the economy than dog breeding, so a heavy “dog tax” was imposed. Many families could not afford this taxation, and the early breed of Labrador Retriever nearly vanished from Newfoundland.
LABRADOR ORAL FIXATION
Labrador Retrievers have a very prominent oral fixation, which is the desire to carry/chew objects in their mouth. However, they also have extremely refined control over their jaw muscles, and are able to carry an egg in their mouth without breaking it.
MOST POPULAR DOG
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed for dog owners worldwide. The AKC (American Kennel Club) registry has identified the Labrador as having the highest amount of registry entries for the past eighteen years.
DEVELOPED WATER DOG
The Labrador Retriever has evolved to be an ideal dog for water activities. The Labrador’s coat has a thick, insulating inner layer, which is protected by a coarse, oily outer layer that is water-repellent. Also, the Labrador’s paws have webbed toes, to assist in swimming.
ATTATCHMENT TO OWNER
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most common dogs to experience “separation anxiety”. They have an emotional need to be close to their owners. Their reputation is of unsurpassed loyalty and affection, which can be a very rewarding experience.
TRUE TO THEIR NAME
As their name suggests, the Labrador makes an excellent retriever. In American Retriever field trials, the Labrador completely dominates in terms of speed, obedience, and efficiency.
INTELLIGENT LABRADORS IN HISTORY
There are many accounts of dogs doing amazing things, which brings up the question if we truly know all there is to know about canine intelligence.
Jake was a Law Enforcement dog that became famous after the Twin Towers collapsed on 9/11/01. He burrowed in scorching hot debris in search of people who were trapped, with little to no consideration for his own comfort. In the disaster and chaos following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Jake also assisted in rescuing many people that were undetectable to human senses.
In Afghanistan, Sadie was able to save the lives of dozens of soldiers when she detected a bomb that was nearly detonated. Without her amazing sense of smell, the soldiers would not have been able to identify and disarm the dangerous explosives. For this service, she received the Dickin Medal.
HEIGHT & WEIGHT
Height: Dogs 22-24 inches (56-61cm.) Bitches 21-23 inches (53-58cm.)
Weight: Dogs 60-75 pounds (27-34kg.) Bitches 55-70 pounds (25-32kg.)