If you are thinking of bringing a Labrador into your life you need to know what you are getting into.
This honest review and assessment of Labrador Retriever characteristics and temperament, will help you decide whether or not one of these magnificent dogs is the right companion for you at this point in your life.
We’ll be looking at the Labrador’s aptitudes and abilities, his personality traits and his renowned temperament.
We’ll also be finding out what makes this breed so popular in so many parts of the world and at where our Labs originally came from.
We’ll be digging down to find out what exactly are the attributes that make a Labrador a Labrador.
Join us as we look at how the Labrador breed has become divided and how the two different types of Labrador Retriever may differ from one another.
Find out about the kinds of problems that can arise if people are unprepared for some aspects of a Labrador’s personality. And at the kinds of roles that the Labrador is most suited to.
You can, of course, use the green menu to skip to the parts that interest you the most!
The Labrador’s Original Purpose
Before we look at the physical characteristics of the Labrador Retriever and at his personality traits and abilities, it is helpful to briefly note where all these characteristics come from.
[wp_ad_camp_5]The Labrador falls into the category of ‘gundog breeds’ of dog.
The history of his development as the world’s favourite gundog is a fascinating story.
The origins of the Labrador have had a profound influence on his appearance, personality and behaviour.
The original fisherman’s friend
The Labrador was originally bred as a fisherman’s companion, working alongside the men and women who inhabited the inhospitable island of Newfoundland, long before modern conveniences, and technology was available.
This was a job requiring a waterproof coat thick enough to withstand very low temperatures, and an ability to swim in strong currents and for long periods of time.
Imported to England, the Lab’s role changed to that of shooting companion, where his skill at finding game, his ability to carry objects in his mouth without harming them, and his intelligence and biddable temperament would make him the world’s finest retriever.
A talented dog
From those early beginnings, Labrador Retrievers divergence into many different roles – from therapy dog, to military dog, to companion – and his competence at everything he is asked to do, has defined him.
He is clearly a dog of many talents.
Let’s take a look now, at the kind of dog we can expect to meet when we bring a Labrador into our homes.
Physical characteristics of the Labrador Retriever
The Labrador retriever is a sturdily built medium to large dog. He may weigh anything from 50 to 80lbs once adult, depending on his breeding.
[wp_ad_camp_2]He has a well-proportioned body with a healthy balance between length of leg and length of spine. A shape that is often described as ‘short coupled’.