For a whopping 30 years, the Labrador Retriever has been ranked no. 1 every year as the most popular dog breed by the American Kennel Club, this comes with no surprise though! We will dive into the history of this all-time breed favorite and without a doubt, we will see why the breed has been no. 1 for such a long time.
We have Canada to thank for the Labrador Retriever, where the breed was first introduced in the early 1830s from Newfoundland, Canada, but it is suspected to date back even further to the 1500s. The breed was created with the purpose to retrieve waterfowl, most specifically though, ducks. Even today's Labrador Retriever still serves this very purpose and succeed in AKC field trials. AKC holds field trial events as a way to judge the original breed purpose of specific breeds, Labs being one of these breeds. The Lab also works in various other fields today as well, this breed is commonly used in guide dog programs and search and rescue teams. This versatility makes the Labrador Retriever the perfect breed for the first-time dog owner.
Spoiler Alert!! Labrador Retrievers only come in THREE colors, black, chocolate, and yellow. Run far aware from any breeder claiming to have "Champagne" or "Silver" Labrador Retrievers. Many backyard breeders will refer to these colors as dilutes, however, they are not and are not recognized by the AKC as a color for this breed. The breed club suggests when looking for a breeder, make sure the parents have both their hips and elbows evaluated for hip dysplasia, eye testing performed by an Ophthalmologist, and an EIC DNA test.
Stay tuned for the next "Meet The Breeds"