- They originate from Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada and there are two types of Labradors today: English (small and stocky) and American (agile and lean).
- Labs were bred to help fishermen by hunting and pulling boats. They have webbed toes and a tail that resembles that of an otter. This is why all Labradors love to swim and retrieve.
- Their coats are water-repellent and retains heat when swimming. Labs are either solid black, yellow (ranging from cream, gold and even sometimes a reddish colour) or brown (medium to dark chocolate colouring).
- Labrador Retriever puppies (with 28 baby teeth) love chewing things, but older Labs (with 42 adult teeth) also enjoy holding objects in their mouths and can apparently carry an egg in their mouth without breaking it. (We dare you to test this!)
- Labradors have a wonderful, reliable temperament and are therefore one of the best breeds to have with children. They are also exceptional working dogs with a detective and caring nature, which makes them good police dogs (they are the top choice in the US and UK) and excellent at working with people as guide dogs.
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