The Labrador Retriever breed, or St. John’s Dog as it is called, was brought to the UK in the early thirties from the island of Newfoundland. Then these dogs were used as helpers for pulling fishing nets to the shore. Over time, the breed became very popular in England and here it received its modern name.
These are strong, strong, well developed and active animals. They feel great in the water, because of this they are supposed to have some kind of relationship with Newfoundland. There are also assumptions about crossing with Weimaraner, because sometimes there are silver (gray) representatives of Labradors.
Today, all over the world, dogs of this breed are considered universal – they can be hunters, rescuers, guide dogs, bloodhounds, participate in exhibitions and just pets.
Labradors – incredibly intelligent, perfectly amenable to training. They are calm, balanced, good-natured, obedient, sociable and always in a good mood. The dog gets along great with adults and children.
Even a novice can easily cope with the education of a Labrador, but you need to pay attention to your pet and praise for good behavior. Caress and patient attitude – this is your main tool for training. These dogs react extremely sensitively to the owner’s commands, they perform them without question.
At home, the Labrador is gentle and patient, even strangers meet calmly. He gets along well with various pets and is quite indifferent to other dogs.
It is easy to care for such dogs; it is quite enough to clean their wool with a stiff brush once a week. Bathe as needed. However, you need to carefully monitor their weight – Labradors are prone to obesity, because they do not feel satiety.
Overall impression. 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.
Behavior and temperament. Good temperament, very agile. Excellent feeling, soft grip when feeding game, loves water. Easily adaptable, faithful companion. Smart, insightful and obedient, with a strong desire to please the owner. Good-natured and gentle, without a shadow of aggression or fearfulness.
Head. The skull. Skull: wide, clean lines, without fleshy cheeks. The transition from the forehead to the face is pronounced.
Front part. Nose: Wide, with well developed nostrils.
Muzzle. Powerful, not pointed.
Jaws / Teeth. The teeth are medium in size. Strong jaws with excellent, uniform, regular scissor bite, while the upper incisors tightly close the lower ones, the teeth stand vertically in the jaw.
Eyes. Medium in size, expressing intelligence and good character, brown or nutty.
Ears. Not wide and not heavy, hanging, adjacent to the head, planted far behind.
Neck. Clean lines, strong, powerful, well located on the shoulders.
Housing Back. Smooth top line.
Loins. Wide, short and strong.
Chest. Good depth and length, with well arched ribs.
Tail. A distinctive feature of the breed, very thick at the base, gradually tapering to the end, of medium length, without dewlap, but covered with dense, short, coarse hair, giving it the appearance of a round “otter” tail. It can be fun raised, but should never curl over your back.
Front limbs. The forelegs are straight, with strong bones.