Labrador Retrievers are versatile dogs. Whether for hunting, as seeing-eye, rescue or narcotics detection dog, the Labrador is well suited for such purposes. But also as a family dog is the Lab or also Labi, as affectionately called, the perfect match.
Labrador Retrievers have a friendly nature and traits like aggressiveness or anxiety are alien to them.
They are balanced, but also very enthusiastic. Their enjoyment of water is legendary. Furthermore, they are smart, eager and feel the huge need to to give a lot of pleasure to their owners. This qualifies them as adaptable and devoted companions.
Already in the 17th century, there were dogs at the coast of Newfoundland that helped huntsmen and fishermen with their work. These dogs showed a distinct joy with retrieving things and an inherent love for the water. With such attributes in general as well as with their water-resistant hair, the otter-like tail, their excellent nose and soft mouth in particular, they were ideal working dogs, regardless of whether being a hunting companion on land or at the work in water.
Later, in the early 19th century, ancestors of the modern Labrador Retriever were brought from Canada to England by english fishermen. As a consequence, a cross-breeding with english hunting dog breeds happened there, with the result that Great Britain is considered as the originating country of today’s Labrador Retriever.
FEDERATION CYNOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE
20th January 2012 / DE
|FCI-Standard No. 122|
|DATE OF PUBLICATION OF
THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD:
|13th October 2010|
Retriever, Flushing dogs, Water dogs
With working trial
The Labrador Retriever is a lively dog with joy in learning while being very balanced and unafraid at the same time. If the marked need for movement is addressed correctly, education and training will be relatively easy and much more comfortable for the owner and the dog as well. And the Lab really enjoys joint activities. Therefore, doing breed-specific activities is essential. Being bred for hunting use, the Labrador shall retrieve shot winged game, such as pheasant, partridge, duck and smaller furred game, such as rabbit and hare. But not every owner intends a hunting use. However, there are numerous opportunities to cater for the Lab’s needs and comply with its abilities. A good one, that is close to the original tasks and activities, is the retrieval training.
The training as a therapy dog is also very suitable for the Lab. There should be enough opportunities for them to act out their joy with water, but they also get excited quickly about tracing and tracking work.
But most important is:
Labrador Retrievers want to take part always and everywhere! Loving their families, they only feel well when being near them. Therefore, kennel-keeping is completely unsuitable for the Lab, as the gentle, sensitive dog would become emotionally stunted.