Personality:Friendly and outgoing, Labs play well with others
Coat & Grooming:Labs are known for their low-maintenance waterproof coat, but they still need regular grooming
Energy Level:Very Active; Labs are high-spirited and not afraid to show it
Meet the Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the United States. Called Labs for short, people can’t get enough of their charm and lovability. Labs are also very altruistic. Your good-hearted friend who likes to help the elderly cross the street? They’ve got nothing on a Lab. These dogs are gentle, intelligent, and easy to train, making them excellent guide dogs for the blind, loyal members of search-and-rescue teams, and faithful K-9 officers.
What's Their Story?
Labs are popular pets in the United States, but they actually hail from a little farther north: Canada. In the early 19th century, an Englishman, Lord Malmsbury, was so impressed with their keen retrieving instinct, that he purchased several Labradors while in Canada to import to Britain. Labs historically worked beside fishermen and hunters, helping them catch fish and retrieve game. Today, Labradors use this same sharp instinct as hunting companions and active members of their families.
Labs are very friendly dogs—perhaps the friendliest of the pack. They are easy to get along with, and socialize well with other dogs and humans alike. Still, don’t confuse his laid-back personality for low energy. The Labrador Retriever is extremely active—he’s never met a backyard he didn’t like. Since Labs enjoy playing and swimming outside, owners frequently channel their high energy on hunting and fishing outings.