Is an Lab Right for You?
Labrador Retrievers, often simply known as Labs, are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world due to their friendly and loving nature. These versatile and hardworking dogs have a rich history and have been used for hunting, as service animals, and as beloved family pets. In this article, we will share 13 interesting facts about Labrador Retrievers, including their origins, physical characteristics, and unique personality traits. Whether you’re a Lab owner or just interested in learning more about this beloved breed, these facts will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Labrador Retriever.
In Landmark Research on Modern Dog Breed
development, the Labrador Retriever has been shown to share the most DNA with an ancestor of the following breeds:
Flat Coated Retriever
According to FCI Breed Standard
the three accepted breed colors are black, yellow or liver/chocolate. Silver is NOT an accepted color, although many are registered as chocolate as silver Labs are chocolate labs with the dd genotype which will dilute the coat color.
Growing Up Labrador Retriever
The AKC Conducts Dog Racing Trials
each December in Orlando, FL. called the Fast CAT Invitational. This is a 100 yard race where dogs run individually chasing a lure. The average speed for Labrador Retrievers was around 24 mph. The fastest recorded speed was by a female Lab named Flash’s Primary Return at 31.83 mph!
The CBARQ Dog Temperament Research
study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, is a giant study of over 300 dog breeds and 60,000 individual dogs. In this study, Labs ranked 100th out of 124 breeds in aggression towards other unfamiliar dogs. They also rank very low in aggression towards familiar dogs and strangers, confirming the facts that (on the whole) Labs are quite a friendly breed!
Labrador Retriever’s are a Robust
breed, with an average lifespan of 10-12 years. In fact, the oldest Labrador Retrievers ever were named Bella-29 years and Adjutant-27 years! There are certain health conditions toy be aware of :
Bloat and Obesity
Hip and/or Elbow Dysplasia
Chocolate Labs Have a Shorter
lifespan than either black labs or yellow labs. The life expectancy for chocolate labs is 10.7 years while the life expectancy for both yellow and black labs is 12.1 years. Research on 33,000 Labs as confirmed this to be true, but the exact reason for the differences are not known. Chocolate Labs do have a predisposition to certain diseases.