Much more than a guide dog
When we think of a Labrador, many of us think of the loyal and intelligent Guide Dog. But the Labrador has actually been a working dog before. The most popular belief is that the Labrador was developed in Newfoundland, working with fishermen off the coast of Canadian provinces. They rescued drifting nets, brought back shot waterfowl and hauled the catch to market in carts. Nowadays, they also work with Customs and Police as tracking and drug detector dogs, and the Military in bomb-detection. There’s really nothing a Labrador can’t do. The Labrador came to Australia in 1929 and has had the highest number of registrations in Australia and around the world for many years.
A devoted companion
When it comes to temperament, the Labrador may be the friendliest breed around. Labs just love to play and could fetch a tennis ball for hours. They also love their food and have an endless appetite. So watch out for those snacks that could be harmful and keep them out of reach – they will try and dig their teeth into just about anything. Labradors remain young at heart, living life to the fullest and even though they’re a bit goofy, don’t underestimate the intelligence of your Labrador. Labradors are highly trainable and fast learners, so get them into puppy school as soon as you can. See your local Greencross Vets if you’d like to know more about a Labrador’s temperament.
Labradors come in three main colours – black, yellow and chocolate, with a few variations of that shade. In some parts of the world ‘silver’ is promoted as a colour – but not in Australia. A Labrador’s build is solid and athletic.They have a broad head and a wide muzzle, with medium-sized pendant ears and friendly eyes. Labradors should stand at the shoulders from 57cm to 62cm. Did you know they have the ‘waggiest’ tail in the world? So you always know they are happy to see you!
At Greencross Vets, nothing is more important than the health and wellbeing of your four-legged friend. If you have any more questions, please reach out to your local Greencross Vets. You can find your local Greencross Vets here. We’re more than happy to help!