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Labrador Fun Facts

Though you may think that you know everything there is to know about Labradors, there are many special and interesting facts about this breed that you may find fascinating.

EXTINCT LABRADOR

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”. This is because they have an emotional need to be close to their owners on a constant basis. Their reputation is of unsurpassed loyalty and affection, which can be a very rewarding experience. However, if the relationship with a Labrador is not maintained (i.e. they are left alone for long periods of time), this can result in destructive behavior, similar to that of young children.

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.

UNFOUNDED COLOR BIAS

Though there is no evidence to support this argument, many people claim that Black Labradors are superior to Chocolate and Yellow Labradors in terms of dominant Labrador traits (such as strength, loyalty, and retrieval abilities). There is currently no scientific evidence to support this claim.

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
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.

SADIE
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.

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  1. Victoria H. says:

    I am working on a science project to determine how intelligent my dog is compared to the average black labrador retriever and this sort of helped me with some of the basic facts.

  2. Taylor says:

    I HAVE A LAB. HE IS TOTALY DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER LAB. WHEN WE PLAY FECH, HE DOESN`T LIKE TO BRING IT BACK, HE RUNS SOMEWHERE, LIES DOWN, AND SATRTS CHEWING IT!!!! THERE ARE ALOT OF OTHER WEIRD THINGS THAT HE DOES TOO, LIKE HE DOESN`T BARK, AND IS VERRY AGRESSIVE. WHEN HE PLAYS WITH HIS FRIEND NAMED JASMINE (ALSO A DOG) THEY BITE EACH OTHER!!! THAT`S HOW THEY PLAY.

  3. Sydney says:

    I am doing a science fair project about how my Labrador Retriever reacts to music. I must write a background paper and this is VERY helpful information. Thank you!

  4. Lawlz~ says:

    LOL. My lab eats everything!! i had a plastic bag of candy sittin on my bed, it was double bagged due to a rip. I went to the bathroom after 2 minutes i came back and found one of the bags with 2 wrappers. He all the wrapped candy and a whole bag. Also one time he ate a socks and puked it up and ate 4 mice. He is also fascinated by horses Lol. He always whimpers when he looks outside and sees other dogs. He afraid of cats Lol. One time i was standin with a slice of pizza in my ha d and wasn’t payin much attention to it, my dog ran by and shoved my whole fist in his mouth and ate it Lol. He likes to jump into other peoples’ cars. And whenever my neighbor puts out food for her cat, my dog manages to eat it before the cat can Lol. i love all the expressions Labs make, especially when usin their eyebrows. He’s totally afraid of my bathroom also haha. Also, my dad made him a dog house but he never uses it, he just stores his tennis balls in it Lol. We kettle trained him for about 1 week but he just cried so we let him stay inside, it was meant to be temporary.. but he was way to sad outside. He’s never spent a night outside Lol. my dog is crZ~

  5. admin says:

    Yes Labs especially eat everything, and you have to be really careful. I put a box of donuts high on a counter, and she still go them…we know it was her because the empty box in the backyard, which she also tried to eat was shreadded. We keep all food in the refrigerator or in the top cabinets. Some dogs are just counter surfers….

  6. Mitch says:

    I have a chocolate lab… His name is choco, and he eats everything!! And he likes to randomly dig huge holes in our backyard!! He also licks his fur until the fur falls off i think he has a germ problem lol…

  7. mitch says:

    I have a 3 year old chocolate labrador his name is choco!! and he eats EVERYTHING!! choco also likes to randomly dig big holes in our backyard!! it really makes my grandparents mad but i think its funny!! hes just a baby but they dont listen :(

  8. john says:

    i love labs, i really do!my grandma has 2 labs, a choclet girl named jo-jo, and a boy black lab named smason. both are still babys, and are cute.:]> !_! <——lol

  9. Willem says:

    I have a Lab called Fido… One awesome dog, very obedient and well trained. We found him at an animal shelter when he was about a year old, but the last thing he is, is a trouble dog.. Will struggle living without him.

    Lab trick.. Don’t ever let him sit still when your at home, keep him and his brain busy.