Discovering the Labrador Retriever

Discovering the Labrador Retriever

Main sporting role:
Retrieving
Size:
Large
Lifespan:
Over 10 years
Exercise:
2 or more hours a day
Coat length:
Short
Vulnerable status:
No

Since its arrival in Britain, the Labrador Retriever has risen from obscurity to the world's top gundog. In the early 1800s, a select group of aristocrats bought these dogs from fishermen returning from Newfoundland and developed the breed as a shooting companion on their own estates.

The Labrador’s essential traits are its typical head, dense waterproof coat and otter tail. Combined with the Labrador Retriever's size, it is suited for different tasks than smaller gundogs and its training should reflect this.

Active and easy going with a strong work ethic, the Labrador Retriever breed is known for its reliable and friendly temperament. It is generally good with children and friendly with strangers and other pets, which is why it is a popular choice for dog lovers across the country and around the world.

Working Labrador Retriever strains should be placed in shooting or active homes with plenty of stimulation. It's important to spend a lot of time with your Labrador to develop the right habits and make sure it receives the exercise it needs.

Properly trained, the Labrador is an ideal choice for driven shooting, steady at the peg and a tireless worker in the picking up team. It is also ideal for wildfowling and walking behind pointers on grouse moors. It is highly sought in multiple service and military roles.

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