Labrador retrievers are amazing dogs! Most people know that they are smart, loyal, dedicated, playful and kind of big dogs. Less people are aware that they came from Canada and they were great helpers for the fishermen as they would haul the fishing nets off of the freezing waters. They are known for being great in the water since they have water proof hair and webbed feet. This is all fairly standard and available information about the Lab however; there are some much rarer facts that are pretty amazing about the Lab such as:
- Labrador Retrievers enjoy holding objects in their mouths. They can carry an egg in their mouth without breaking it.
- Labrador Retrievers do not generally jump fences or dig under the fence to escape.
- The Labrador retriever usually has about seven to eight puppies in each litter.
- The Labrador is also known as the St. Johns Dog, St. Johns Newfoundland, and Lesser Newfoundland.
- Every Labrador retriever dreams about bananas.
- There is no purebred dog called a Golden Lab. Your dog is either a Golden Retriever or a Labrador retriever.
- Retrievers’ pain tolerance is high — more than that of many other dogs which makes them well-suited for police work, rescue work and hunting helpers.
- Not only do Labs have webbed feet which are perfect for swimming BUT they are the ONLY dog breed that does have webbed feet.
- There are two other colors of Labs; Silver and Charcoal. These two colors are not officially recognized by any kennel associations or by breed registers because experts have been unable to verify the source of these colorings and the pedigree of breeding.
- The first recorded Yellow Lab was born in 1899 and named “Ben of Hyde”. Ben of Hyde’s line continues today and can be traced to many modern lines of Yellow lab.
As you can see there is so much to know and love about the Labrador retriever. This dog is one of a very rich history and potential owners should try to find out as much as possible about the Labrador retriever prior to buying one and calling it a house pet. There are numerous things that need to first be considered, especially such this as where you live, how much time that you have available, if you have or plan to have children, and if you can afford this kind of dog. There are vet bills to consider, as with all dogs but the Labrador retriever is a rather large dog so he can eat quite a bit too.
As for the fact about Labs dreaming about bananas, hey…that is what we are told!