Country/Region of Origin: Canada
Life span: 12 – 13 years
Weight: 60 – 88 pounds (27.2 – 39.9 kg)
Gestation: 61 - 65 days
Health issues in Labrador Retrievers:
Hip, elbow and shoulder dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Interesting Facts on Labrador Retrievers:
The Labrador Retriever is rated as the most popular dog around the world.
Labradors are a descendent of the St. John’s Water Dog from Newfoundland Island in Canada.
The first St. John’s Waterdog was apparently brought to England in 1820 where it was bred further and eventually renamed as the “Labrador” by local breeders and the Earl of Malmesbury.
They were bred as retrieving dogs to help fishermen retrieve fishing nets.
Modern day Golden Retrievers are used by police to sniff out bombs and drugs as well as search and rescue dogs. They are also used to aid blind and autistic people.
The first Labrador Retriever was registered by the AKC in 1917.
Labradors are well adapted to swimming as their coats are short, dense and oily which makes them water-proofed. They are also excellent swimmers as their feet are webbed and the tail is tapered just like an otter.
Well know people that have had Labrador Retrievers are former US President Bill Clinton and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Labradors are found in three main colours which are black, chocolate and yellow (not golden). A single litter can have all three colours.
Some Labs have a small white patch of hair on the chest called the “medallion” this is a characteristic passed down from the St. John’s Water Dog.