Labrador dog – the perfect friend
The Labrador breed is by far the most sought after in the world. The secret of the fantastic and ever-increasing popularity of these dogs lies, above all, in their astounding charm, with which they fight each and every one from practically the first minutes of their acquaintance with them. Labrador was originally bred as a working breed, which is why many of them are currently used as rescue dogs and guide dogs. This breed was born on the east coast of Canada on the island of Newfoundland.
There are three main versions of the origin of the name of the breed “Labrador”. The very first Labradors were only black in color, which caused a similarity with the “labradorite” stone. Maybe it was in his honor that Labradors got their name. According to the second version, the forebears of the Labradors were bred on the Labrador Peninsula. The third version of the origin of the breed name is considered to be the version that the Labradors (labrador in Portuguese – “worker”) of these dogs were called by the Portuguese for their unsurpassed performance.
Historical Facts About Labradors
The progenitors of modern Labradors are the so-called water dogs, which appeared in the XIX century on the island of Newfoundland. These dogs were loyal assistants to fishermen in England at that time. The Englishman Peter Hawker brought to the UK several such individuals, which were then called the dogs of St. Johns. As a result of their crossing with a curly-haired retriever and presumably a setter and a foxhound, a Labrador appeared. The year of the first established breed standard is 1887. In 1903, only black Labradors were recognized by the British Kennel Klub, however, later, at the end of the 20th century, fawn color was also admissible, and even later – chocolate. In Russia, the first dogs of this breed appeared only in the late 60s – early 70s.
Characteristic features and capabilities of a Labrador
The dog breed Labrador has exceptional friendliness and cheerfulness, quick learner and tireless work. The nobility and loyalty of dogs of this breed are far from their only virtues. They are also distinguished by exceptional intelligence and intelligence. When raising them, usually there are no problems, as they never claim leadership and always listen to their master.
When communicating with a very young children, the Labrador still stands behind him, because, due to his powerful build, he may accidentally knock over or push the child. The older child may like to play, run and walk with the dog of this breed.
Labradors are very active, love to play the mischief and frolic, so they are unlikely to suit older, weakened people or too young family. They get along well with children, but you hardly can see the guard in his face, since the maximum that can be expected from this dog is a short barking, which will very quickly change to tail wagging. Labradors at the expense of their exceptional friendliness perfectly get along with other animals.
Some people, observing the overly energetic and reckless behavior of Labrador puppies, may conclude that they are stupid, but this is not at all the case. You just need to take into account the peculiarity of this breed, which consists in the fact that up to three years they are mentally immature, and they will have to be taught to think and act independently.