Labrador Retriever Dog DNA Breed Testing

September 21, 2014 – 03:38 pm

Also known as Lab, Black Lab, Yellow Lab, Chocolate Lab, Silver Lab

General Temperament
Labrador Retrievers have gained an immense following throughout the world due to their trainability, gentle nature and happy disposition. They are extraordinarily patient and even-tempered with children and make excellent family dogs. Labs get along well with dogs and other family pets. They are fun-loving and boisterous, and enjoy active households where they get lots of time to play or work. They love to swim and will especially enjoy a home with a pool or access to a lake, stream, or beach. And of course, as retrievers, they love to simply fetch a stick. Labs can do well in an apartment as long as they get plenty of long walks or other exercise. They are big eaters, so sufficient exercise is essential to prevent obesity.

Labs are loyal and crave the attention of their family. They can sometimes become destructive if left alone for long periods, especially as puppies. If not given sufficient attention from their families, they can become wanders or diggers. Labrador Retrievers make good watchdogs, as they love to announce the arrival of visitors, but they are generally too sweet for guarding.

Labradors are well-rounded and versatile, excelling in activities ranging from field trials to search-and-rescue to service/guide work. They are intelligent and easy to train, although training should begin very early to avoid any dominance issues, and the training should be consistent from each family member. They should also be trained to not pull on a leash as they have very strong necks as adults. Labs have a soft feel to their mouths, resulting from their ancestry as a fowl-retrieving breed (so as to not destroy the game when carrying it back to hunters). In fact, they often enjoy simply carrying objects around in their mouths. They are prone to chew on household objects, although they can be trained out of this behavior; be sure to provide lots of rawhides and other chew toys.

Breed History
The Labrador Retriever found it’s origins in Newfoundland, as a cross between the St. Johns Water Dog and the Newfoundland Dog. Labs were trained as assistants to British fishermen, jumping overboard and grabbing onto the floating corks at the ends of the fishing nets, pulling them to shore. The breed made it’s way to the Poole area of England, then the hub of the Newfoundland fishing trade. There they became prized as sporting and waterfowl hunting dogs, and several breeding kennels popped up throughout the England, although they eventually died out in their native country due to a heavy dog tax and quarantine laws.

The first Labrador Retrievers were registered by the American Kennel Club in 1917, and the breed greatly increased in popularity in the U.S. from that time forward. To date, they are are the most popular breed in the U.S. by a landslide, and continue to be the most popular breed worldwide.

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There is no such thing as a Silver Lab.

Terms such as "golden", "silver", "blue", "white" or "grey" as variants are not recognised. The term "Golden Labrador" has been used both as an incorrect term for yellow labradors of a golden shade,[26] and also for any Labrador-Golden Retriever crossbreed of any colour, including black.[27] White is a light shade of yellow (officially referred to as 'light cream' or 'pale yellow' in the standard),[10][28][29] and silver is either not recognised or registered as chocolate (though regarded as a major fault and not up to confirmation).[20][10] Claims that some "rare" variants exist or have been verified by DNA testing, or the like, are widely considered to be a 'scam'.[10][30]

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