Labrador Retrievers originated in Newfoundland, Canada in the early 1800s. The breed became very popular in England in the late 1800s, and it was here that the breed first became specialized in retrieving game for hunters. The breed grew in popularity throughout the 1900s, and is extremely popular today. In fact, Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular breed registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) for the last 25 years!
Initially, black was the only accepted color for the breed, but other colors became accepted by the early 1900s. Interestingly, the color that we currently sell as fox red was the original color of yellow labs. Throughout the 1900s, yellow labs were bred lighter to produce the golden color usually associated with today’s yellow labs. The darker fox red color re-emerged in the 1980s, and has become more popular since then. However, fox red labs are technically dark yellow labs, and are registered as yellows with the CKC. Today, Cooperslane breeds black, chocolate, yellow, and fox red labs.
TEMPERaMeNT AND TRAINING
Labrador Retrievers are well-rounded dogs. They are popular not only as family companions, but also as hunting, working, and show dogs. Typically, labs are kind, friendly, gentle, and not aggressive toward people or animals. They usually get along very well with other cats and dogs in the home. They can be calm and affectionate in the home, playful in the yard or park, and very effective service and working dogs.
Labs tend to be naturally curious, happy to learn, and eager to please. They are often excellent at obedience and a variety of other activities requiring advanced training. Labs need plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation, especially when they are young.
Grooming and Upkeep
Labrador Retrievers have a short, double layered coat that naturally sheds water and requires little maintenance and no trimming. Throughout most of the year, their coat requires no maintenance except for periodic brushing to remove dead fur from the undercoat. They normally shed their undercoat all at once about twice per year and will require more brushing when this occurs. As with all other breeds with long, floppy ears, labs require regular checking and cleaning of the ears to prevent ear infections.
Labrador Retrievers normally love to eat, and are very strongly motivated by food rewards during training. Diet and portion control are extremely important for their overall health. We feed TLC food and will send you home with information about feeding your puppy/dog.