History: The Labrador Retriever originated in Newfoundland (Canada). They were developed from Saint John’s Newfoundlands and other gun dogs in the early 19th century. This dog was bred for hunting and water retrieving. Still today they are used widely for hunting along with other jobs, such as service work, search and rescue, and detection.
Temperament: If you’re looking for a social, enthusiastic and obedient dog, a Labrador Retriever may be a good fit for you. They are even-tempered and make wonderful family dogs when properly trained and socialized. This breed usually loved the water and carrying things in their mouths. Adult Labrador Retrievers are very strong and tend to pull on leash if not taught to heel with their owner. A Labrador Retriever would do best with an owner who is active to give them the appropriate exercise and training.
Health/Grooming: The Labrador Retrievers has a double with the under coat that is short and dense. The outer coat (black, chocolate, or yellow) is short, straight, and water resistant. They should be brushed regularly with a firm, bristle brush. Labrador retrievers are average shedders and only need to be bathed when necessary. This breed is more prone to health issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia, PRA, eye disorders and mast cell tumors. Make sure that the puppies’ parents are OFA and CERF certified.