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Labrador Retriever Dog Breed Information

Yellow Labrador Retriever Puppy



This versatile hunting breed comes in yellow, black and chocolate. Because of his aptitude to please his master they excel as guide dogs for the blind, as part of search-and-rescue teams or in narcotics detection with law enforcement. Labrador Retrievers, originally from Newfoundland, were initially used in work alongside fisherman, helping to pull in nets and catch fish that escaped from fishing lines.

After being crossed with Setters, Spaniels and other Retrievers, the Labrador Retriever honed its skills as a true retriever. From this point in their history, Labs, as they are affectionately called, were bred primarily to perform as an efficient retriever of game, with a stable temperament suitable for a variety of activities beyond hunting.

We've had a number of Labrador Retriever mix dogs at For Love of a Dog and currently count Rudy, a cream colored yellow Lab as a member of our family.  In researching this dog breed and the coloration patterns in Rudy's puppy litter, I stumbled upon some interesting historical information about the St. Johns Water Dog (se photo circa 1856 below), a founding breed of the Labrador Retriever.  Explore the yellow Labrador Retriever fox red original color, as well as the white tuxedo chest markings at our Talking Dogs blog post:  Lucy Has a Tuxedo.  (Note: unless you right click to open this link, you will leave the For Love of a Dog web site) .

St Johns Dog Labrador Retriever

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