The Labrador Retriever, or Labrador for short, originates from the United Kingdom.
The progenitor of the Labrador is the Newfoundland, a dog breed from Eastern Canada The original purpose of the Labrador was as a hunting dog, primarily used to retrieve birds shot down by hunters.
They were named after a geographical area called Labrador to distinguish them from the Newfoundland dog breed, which was also in use as a hunting dog in that area.
Labrador Retriever Behavior
The Labrador is a very affectionate, very easy going dog breed. Labradors instinctively enjoy holding things in their mouths, likely do to the many generations of being bred as a bird retriever.
They are known for holding things very gently, which was also required when retrieving game for their owners. Any damage to the bird was not acceptable. Law enforcement agencies like to use Labradors as detection dogs to sniff out drugs or track down people.
They are great scent dogs and because they are highly motivated by play, they are easy to train. Labradors are enthusiastic and early training is recommended so as adults, when they are heavier, they don’t overpower their owners on a casual stroll through the park.
Best lifestyle for a Labrador Retriever
Labradors have good energy and are best in a situation where they get regular exercise. They are also highly social and enjoy spending time with their owners.
Labradors make great family dogs as they are very even tempered, and most do very well with children. Because of this quality, many guide dog organizations use Labradors.
When left alone for long periods of time, many labradors become destructive, opting to rearrange the furniture or figure out what’s on the inside of the pillow. Labradors love a good game of fetch because it lines up perfectly with their intended purpose as a breed.