A+ Labrador Retrievers
The warm and intelligent Lab is America’s number one breed registered with the American Kennel Club. Even non-dog people can recognize a Lab, and artists and photographers have captured their image countless times — usually as the loyal companion, waiting patiently by their owner’s side.
The Labrador Retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog breed. Historically, they earned their keep as a fisherman’s helper: hauling nets, fetching ropes, and retrieving fish from the chilly North Atlantic.
Today’s Labrador Retriever is as good-natured and hard working as his/her ancestors, and they are America’s most popular breed.
These days the Lab works as a retriever for hunters, assistance dog to the handicapped, show competitor, and search and rescue dog, among other canine jobs.
Built for sport, the Lab is muscular and athletic. They have a short, easy-care coat, friendly demeanor, keen intelligence, and plenty of energy. Devotion to this breed runs deep; Labs are loving, people-oriented dogs who live to serve their families.
The Lab’s sweet nature makes them an excellent therapy dog, visiting homes for the elderly and hospitals, and their intelligence makes them an ideal assistance dog for the handicapped.
They also excel as search and rescue dogs and as a retriever for hunters, thanks to his athletic build, strong nose, and courageous nature.
And Labs have also become the breed to beat at dog sports such as agility and obedience competitions — especially obedience.