Labradors were nearly extinct in the late 1800s due to Newfoundland's high dog taxes. Breeders outside the region began appreciating the breed in the early 1900s and saved it.
Labs are recognised for their intelligence, but they are also a breed that is extremely eager to please, which is why they can learn and accomplish so many things.
The Labrador Retriever is not originated from Labrador. They originated in Newfoundland and were originally called the St. John's Water Dog.
The major kennel associations of the world and professional Labrador breeders acknowledge only three colours: Black, Chocolate, and Yellow. Labs can also be born in a lovely silver colour.
The Labrador Retriever can be a show dog or a sporting breed, unlike many other breeds.
Labrador Retrievers are nearly waterproof and can swim for hours. Labs have webbed toes, a rudder-like tail, and a double-layer coat that blocks out water and keeps them warm.
The Lab's "gentle mouth" comes from breeders. A well-trained Lab can pick up an uncooked egg without shattering it because to years of breeding.
The average Lab can reach a speed of 12 mph in around three seconds, which is significantly faster than most people assume.
The Lab was first used as a fishing dog because of its waterproof coat, gentle mouth, and ability to pull nets and ropes.
Labs are the most common type of dog used as a guide. About 70% of all guide dogs are labs. Labs are also popular for hunting and fishing.
The Lab is sluggish to mature; unlike other canines deemed fully mature by age two or less, a Lab isn't until its fourth birthday. Even so, the breed is recognised for puppy-like behaviours for much longer.
Although they are reliable for a variety of jobs, most Labrador retrievers do not have the right temperaments to be used as security or "watch dogs."
Labrador retrievers have a propensity for being overweight because of their love of food and the fact that they will often only skip meals if they are ill.
Bella, a black Labrador retriever, holds the record for the longest life span of any Lab, having lived an incredible 29 years.