The Labrador retriever is America’s dog. Actually, it is safe to say that the Lab is the world’s dog given that is not only the most popular breed in the USA, but also the world. What makes the Lab so popular? A perfect combination of a winning personality, superior intelligence, and friendly temperament is likely what has this breed winning the popularity contest. It is the ultimate trifecta, which ensures these popular pups a spot on the list of one of the best pets to have at home.
Why Labrador Retrievers Make Great Pets
Labrador Retrievers are also extremely social and loyal, making them popular pets in homes with children. Their friendliness and sociability extend to even strangers, so remember they are not guard dog material! These gentle giants (adults typically weigh between 55 and 80 lbs.) have a strong desire to please their owners, are not aggressive by nature, and love being active—making them excellent in families with children and tiny tots. Their loyal character coupled with their exceptional intelligence also makes them one of the most popular breeds for guide dogs and service animals.
Interesting Facts About Labs You May Not Know
Labs are the Most Popular Dog Breed
Labrador Retrievers are the No.1 among 175 American Kennel Club dog breeds and have been carrying their position since 1991. Labs are also the most popular breed for pet ownership in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Labs Have Extremely Strong Jaws
Labs have a unique skill of extreme jaw muscle control, and they love to hold objects in their mouth. Their jaw control is so advanced that can carry an egg in their mouth without breaking it.
Labradors Don’t Actually Come from Labrador
Labrador Retrievers, as we know them today, are descended from Newfoundland—a large island in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Canada.
Labs Have a Long Lineage
The pedigrees of the two most influential Labs, “Peter of Faskally” and “Flapper,” go back as far as 1878. Their vast family tree and can be traced even today.
Labradors are Excellent Swimmers
Labrador Retrievers were bred to retrieve game, so it is no surprise that almost all Labs love the water. Their webbed toes, tail that acts as a rudder, and water resistant double coat make them excellent swimmers.
It is no wonder that the Labrador is America’s favorite dog. They are excellent pets for families and adults alike. They delight humans with wonderful and unique personalities. And to give them even more bragging rights, they have a long and interesting history—helping their owners hunt in the past, and helping those with special needs today.