The Labrador Retriever is the American Kennel Club's (AKC's) most popular dog breed.
Originally from Newfoundland, the Labrador was bred to work alongside fishermen. They were trained to pull in nets and catch any fish that escaped.
Labrador Retrievers were cross bred with Setters, Spaniels, and other Retrievers to become what they are today. These dogs are known for being:
- Family oriented
- Kind in nature
- Excellent at hunting and fishing
Retrievers were first recognized in 1917 by the AKC and were added to their sporting group. These devoted companion animals come in yellow, black, and chocolate coat colors.
Labradors typically range from 55-75 pounds, and live an average 11 years.
Common Health Problems for Labrador Retrievers:
- Elbow and Hip Dysplasia
- Otitis (Ear Infections)
- Larygneal Paralysis