Q: What is the origin the of the Labrador?
A: Labradors originate from the island of Newfoundland, now part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. The founding breed was the St. Johns water dogs, this was a breed that emerged through ad-hoc breeding in the 16th century. The St. Johns dog was used by fishermen for helping to pull nets in from the sea.
Q: Is there a difference between English and American Labradors?
A: Yes, they are slightly different but because both Labradors are found all over the world The AKC and other registry organizations don’t really differentiate between English Labs and other body types.
Both English and American Labradors have a solid coat and come in the same variety of colours they are shaped differently and temperament is slightly different. English Labs have a solid built with wide heads and muzzles, they have a more docile nature and are less excitable. American Labradors are taller are more lightly built. Their heads are narrower and noses longer, as well as this they personality is much more excitable.
Q: Are Labradors easy to train?
Any training of dogs or puppies is going to take time, patience and consistency. Labradors however are considered one of the easiest dog breeds to train, due to their high intelligence level they learn new commands fast.
Q: Are Labradors good with children?
No dog is automatically good around children, they need to socialise with them and learn how to behave around them. Owners need to be aware that is natural for any puppy to bite and chew clothing, furniture and hands and therefore supervision is required.
Q: Do Labradors bark lots?
Excessive barking is not typical of this breed. However Labradors are likely to bark if they are bored or to warn their owners of an unusual event i.e a knock on the door!.
Q: Do Labradors coats shed?
A un-spayed female lab will usually shed heavily twice a year with her heat cycle. All other labs will shed moderately throughout the year.
Q: How active are Labradors?
Labradors are very active and require at least 2 hours of exercise a day.
Q: Do Labradors require a lot of attention?
Labradors are very much people dogs, they do not like being left on their own for long periods of time it is not fair to keep them outside away from the family.
Q: How much do Labradors cost?
Labradors generally cost between £300 and £700 pounds.