The Labrador Retriever dog breed is the most popular dog breed in the United States of America for 31 years running. An outstanding temperament plays a large part in this popularity. The labs work as therapy dogs is an excellent example of this temperament in action.
In addition, the history of the Labrador Retriever is quite interesting and might be different than is widely believed. Labs actually originated around the 1500’s in Newfoundland, Canada. Here, the Labrador Retriever was bred for hunting and explains their thicker coats of fur. It wasn’t until the 1900’s that the Labrador Retriever was recognized by kennel clubs. Today’s labs are still very loyal similar to their hunting ancestors.
Is the Labrador Retriever for you?
The Labrador Retriever is one of the best dog breeds to have as a pet. They are not too big and not too small so they can live in homes or apartments. Labs also enjoy a wide variety of activities. They have a lot of energy (as do most breeds) however, they also can enjoy a night inside hanging out with the family.
All dogs require training but, the Labrador Retrievers calm and relaxed temperament make them a treat to train. They can learn new tricks faster than the majority of other breeds. They also are very friendly with people especially close family members that they know well. Their ability to adapt to home and apartment living, desire to learn new commands and tricks, as well as friendliness with people makes for a great dog.
Based on these characteristics, we give the Labrador Retriever a rating of 10 out of 10 on our Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker
The Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker takes into account several characteristics of each breed. Items considered are:
- Willingness to be Trained
- How Comfortable they are around People
- Ability to live in a Household Environment.
The Labrador Retriever can come in three different colors. The most common Lab is yellow in color and can be seen in many homes around the United States. Other color varieties are black and a chocolate color. These colors are somewhat less common than the yellow variety.
As for the Labrador Retrievers’ height we find that they will typically fall between the range of 22-24 inches. This is their height when they stand on all fours. This height leaves them right in the range of a medium sized dog.
In addition, we take a glance at how much the Labrador Retriever weighs. Labs are quite heavy dogs that can fall in between a pretty wide range. They can weigh anywhere in between 55-80 pounds. Where they fall within this range can depend a lot on the gender of the dog.
The Labrador Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for training and household living. This is why they are so sought after in homes around the United States. Their services can also be seen in many major films. If you want a dog that you can really have a lifelong bond with the Labrador Retriever could be the breed for you.