Which Dogs Are Considered Labrador Retrievers?
There are a few different breeds of dog which are considered to fall under the “lab” category.
The biggest differentiation is between English and American labradors. While quite similar physically, they tend to be a bit different when it comes to their behavior.
As a general rule, English labs tend to be quite a bit calmer and more easily trained. The main physical difference is that they tend to have shorter legs and a blockier head than their American counterparts.
American labradors, on the other hand, tend to be much more energetic and were primarily bred for field trials. They can be a bit more difficult, but their high energy levels and lean build lends them well to canine athletics and hunting with an experienced handler behind them.
Today the breed is separated into the original black color, the yellow variety, and the chocolate brown variety.
From the Field to the Home and Beyond
The common ancestral breed of labrador retrievers was known as the St. John’s Water Dog. These dogs came from relatively humble beginnings, being a breed which was bred entirely for one purpose: fowling.
They were renowned for this purpose. Due to their ability to tolerate even the coldest waters, they are remarkable hunting dogs when used to retrieve waterfowl such as duck during the colder seasons, and they are intelligent enough to also be used for purposes of pointing and flushing birds.
This incredible versatility has long made them a favored working dog among hunters, although most labradors these days are house pets.
The intelligence and work ethic the breed is known for is used for far more than hunting, however. They are one of the most commonly used guide dogs in the world and are frequently used as assistance dogs for those with disabilities.
Truly it’s not hard to see why they’re one of the most commonly kept breeds around. Their intelligence and loyalty truly makes them a breed apart.