10 Surprising Facts About Labrador Retrievers

10 Surprising Facts About Labrador Retrievers

Labrador retrievers are great dogs! Most people know that they are smart, loyal, dedicated, playful and quite large dogs. Fewer people know that they came from Canada and were great helpers to fishermen as they pulled the fishing nets out of the frozen waters. They are known for being great in the water as they have waterproof hair and webbed feet. However, this is all fairly standard and readily available lab information; there are some much rarer facts that are quite amazing for the lab, such as:

  • Labrador Retrievers love to hold objects in their mouths. They can carry an egg in their mouth without breaking it.
  • Labrador retrievers generally do not jump fences or dig under fences to escape.
  • Labrador retrievers usually have about seven to eight puppies in each litter.
  • The Labrador is also known as the St. John’s Dog, St. John’s Newfoundland, and Little Newfoundland.
  • Every Labrador retriever dreams of bananas.
  • There is no purebred dog called a Golden Lab. Your dog is either a Golden Retriever or a Labrador Retriever.
  • Retrievers have a high pain tolerance – more so than many other dogs – making them well suited for police work, rescue work and hunting aids.
  • Not only do Labs have webbed feet which are perfect for swimming BUT they are the ONLY dog breed that has webbed feet.
  • There are two other colors of Labs; Silver and coal. These two colors are not officially recognized by kennel associations or breed registries because experts have not been able to verify the source of these colors and the breeding pedigree.
  • The first recorded Yellow Lab was born in 1899 and was named “Ben of Hyde”. The Ben of Hyde line continues today and can be traced back to many modern Yellow lab lines.

As you can see, there is so much to know and love about the Labrador Retriever. This dog has a very rich history and potential owners should try to learn as much as possible about the Labrador Retriever before purchasing and calling it a pet. There are many things to consider first, especially where you live, how much time you have available, whether you have or plan to have children, and whether you can afford this type of dog. There are vet bills to consider, as with all dogs, but the Labrador Retriever is a fairly large dog, so he can eat quite a bit.

As for the fact that labs dream about bananas, hey…that’s what we’re told!

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