Strong build, compact, very active; wide in the skull; with a wide and deep chest and ribs, wide and strong hind limbs and lower back.
Sturdy build, compact, very active with a large head in the skull, a wide and deep chest and developed ribs, a wide and strong loin and a belt of the hind limbs. Strong build – with good bones, which practically suggests the presence of thick paws; developed ribs – rounded ribs, another breed characteristic: the ribs are attached to the spine not at an angle, but horizontally, then they form a “rounded vault”, with wide and strong hind limbs and lower back – often labradors are said to be thick. They are not fat, they are simply different in structure from other breeds. Mary R. Williams explains that the structure of, for example, the cops assumes that the shoulder girdle is wider and more developed than the back part, and that the Labradors would like to see the opposite picture, i.e. what is called an “arrowhead”. A curious and little-known fact – in ancient China, the appearance of this breed was predicted. In the treatise-annex to “Iztsin”, a dog was mentioned “… with a noble appearance and easygoing temper.” and an image of this breed was applied, which was strikingly similar to modern retrievers. In the book they were called Ray-Ssy, which is supposedly translated as the best friend.
BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:
Good temperament, very agile. Excellent feeling, soft grip when feeding game, loves water. Easily adaptable, faithful companion. A soft grip on game feeding is a distinctive feature of retrievers, the shot game must be brought intact, with no teeth marks on the skin, while breeding dogs used softer teeth for a softer grasp. Intelligent, insightful and obedient, with a strong desire to please the owner – in the eyes of a Labrador should be sympathy, friendly trust, calm and good mood. The dog is confident in himself – all this creates a characteristic “Labrador” expression. Without a shadow of aggression or fearfulness, a true Labrador can be neither frightened nor aggressive. One should not confuse fearfulness with the junior timidity of the first exhibitions, but excessively active temperament with aggressiveness. But a truly aggressive dog must be removed from the ring. Labradors need to have these basic breed qualities. Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world, and some dogs have deviations from these norms, but we need to seriously monitor this.
1903-2003: anniversaries in great shape.
The 100-year-old official recognition of Labrador, whose popularity has become worldwide relatively recently, was celebrated in 2003. Millions of fans on five continents – this is a great result of breeding work and passion of enthusiasts.
For many decades, people have bred, selected and trained representatives of this breed, which currently has the highest rating in the world. Hunting dog. overthrown from the throne of such stars as the German shepherd and the poodle! In conditions when the growth of traditionally popular breeds more or less decreases, the current undoubted progress of Labradors looks especially impressive.
The peninsula, from which they received their official name, is in fact not their homeland. The history of this peninsula is as changeable as the elements of the waves rolling on its shores. Occupying more than three times the area of Newfoundland, he repeatedly changed his owners: when in 1763 the peninsula was declared the property of the British crown, Canada’s largest neighboring country came out with a loud protest, demanding the transfer of Labrador to its ownership. The dispute dragged on for a long time. In 1909, the authorities of Newfoundland offered Canada to buy Labrador for nine million dollars, and 23 years later, they again, for the second time, unsuccessfully made new offers for redemption. It is true that the amount they requested was twelve times higher than the original. Finally, on April 1, 1949. Labrador, along with Newfoundland, became the tenth province of the Canadian Federation.
Their ancestors lived in Newfoundland.
In general, Labrador was born, most likely, on the island of Newfoundland, opened in 1494. English fishermen. Fishing here became the main occupation of the British. But in the 17th century, one of the natives of St. John’s became actively interested in the “water dogs” who lived on the island. As part of this population of “retrievers” (from retrieve – to find and bring killed game) were dogs with long wavy, as well as short and dense hair, but the basis for the future breed of Labrador retrievers was to become individuals with a short and even hairline. Before this name was officially adopted in the United Kingdom, the first Labradors were called the water dogs of St. John’s – evidence that the cradle was Newfoundland Island, the capital of which is this city.