About the breed

The Labrador Retriever, also known as simply Labrador or Lab, is one of several kinds of retrievers, a type of gun dog. Labradors are athletic, playful, and the most popular breed of dog by registered ownership in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

A favourite assistance dog breed in these and other countries, Labradors are frequently trained to aid people who are blind and assist people with autism, act as therapy dogs, and perform screening and detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies. They are prized as sporting and waterfowl hunting dogs.

The Labrador was developed from the St. John's water dog, which was originally bred in Newfoundland. The first and second Earls of Malmesbury, who bred for duck shooting on his estate. The dogs Avon ("Buccleuch Avon") and Ned given by Malmesbury to assist the Duke of Buccleuch's breeding program in the 1880s are considered the ancestors of modern Labradors.

Black Labrador Retriever
16 month Calendar

A 16 month calendar that can be used from September 2015 containing 13 beautiful images of your favourite dog breed, the Black Labrador Retriever. The calendar contains all public holidays and has a large grid for making notes of those special dates to remember.

Is a Labrador Retriever the right breed for you?

Being the most popular breed in the UK with Kennel Club registrations amounting to over 20% of all dogs registered, Labrador Retrievers are obviously a fantastic all-round companion. They are typically intelligent, fun loving, affectionate, loyal and eager to please. Labradors can easily settle into a family life or be an ideal support dog for the blind or disabled. They are in their element as a working Gundog, especially if bred from working stock. Their passion to be out in the field comes across loud and clear. It is in their blood to do the job they were bred for and their eagerness to retrieve is a strong part of their make up.

As a family dog, Labrador Retrievers are suited to an active family who love the outdoors. Being an intelligent, high energy breed they need sufficient exercise to both keep them physically fit and mentally stimulated. From the puppy stage to mature adult, a Labrador can be challenging and hard work, but with patience and time invested in training and exercise, the reward will be a fit, well trained loving and loyal companion.