We are originally from Greenland, where we helped fishermen to retrieve fish. And a hard life it was let me tell you! Eventually we were was able to spread our wings and made it over into Europe around the late 1800s. We became something of a talent in field trials and were recognised as a proper breed in 1916. Our popularity has grown ever since. Today the Labrador Retriever can be found around all corners of the globe.
What do I look like?
Without wishing to appear lofty, if you don’t know what I look like, which planet have you been on?! The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular and recognisable of all dog breeds. I am quite a heavy set dog so I’ll take some shifting in a stern breeze. My ears are either brown or hazel and reflect my intelligence and good nature. My ears are set quite well back and hang nice and flat. My coat is short, its pretty dense and very waterproof – that’s what comes of being out with all those fishermen!
What do I need from you?
I’ll be honest, I’m one of life’s workers. If there was a Job Centre for dogs you’d do well to find a Labrador retriever in it. So whilst you might want me just for a pet, try to keep me busy. My repertoire of skills is extensive but I am particularly good at fetching things from slippers to rolled up newspapers. I love the countryside and adore water so it might be a good idea to keep a towel in the back of the car.
What I will give in return
We’ll always give a good shift at the office. Labrador Retriever’s are probably best known for supporting the visually impaired, although we also work for the Police and various other professional teams. As a pet, we’re very devoted and loyal and especially good with children.
How big will I get?
I am a good eater so it’s probably in my best interests to limit my intake. I’ll then probably get to around 22in (56cm) in height and anything from 55lb – 75lb (25kg-34kg) in weight.
How long should I be around for?
10 – 12 years is about average for a Labrador Retriever.
How big is our litter?
Anything from 5 to 10 but most likely around 7 or 8.
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