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Gun Dog: Are Labrador Retrievers Good Dogs for Family Pets?

By    |   Saturday, 21 Nov 2015 10:41 PM

The Labrador retriever is easily one of the most popular gun dogs in the United States. The Labrador retriever took the No. 1 spot on the American Kennel Club's (AKC) list of popular dog breeds in 1991 and this loveable breed has held on to the position ever since. While its popularity may give a strong indication that it makes for a good family pet, Dog Time highlights a few important considerations before bringing home a Labrador retrievers.

Labrador retrievers are popular for being people-oriented and for their naturally sweet demeanor, which are the two main reasons why they are America's favorite pets. They get along well with children and with other pets, and can even be friendly with strangers. With such a pleasant reputation, some forget that Labrador retrievers are gun dogs that are naturally full of energy and drive to work.

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The breed originated from Newfoundland in Northeastern coast Canada in the 1700s. Labrador retrievers spent their days helping their fishermen owners retrieve fish that escape the nets and haul ropes and nets. After a hard day's work, they would come home and still have time to be a typical pet to the fisherman's family. While its true lineage is unknown, experts think Labrador retrievers are a mix of St. John's and Newfoundland dog bloodlines.

In the 1830s, the second Earl of Malmesbury took the first Labrador retrievers to England where the dogs received training as hunting companions and thus officially became gun dogs. This move by the Earl may also have saved the breed as restrictions and taxes imposed on dog owners in Canada effectively wiped out the breed from the land. By 1917, the AKC officially recognized the Labrador retriever and the following decades saw an influx of more Labrador retrievers from the United Kingdom to establish the breed in the U.S.

Labrador retrievers are strong and athletic dogs, with physical features that also make them strong swimmers and excellent retrievers. They need at least 30 minutes to an hour of exercise daily to burn up their energy and exuberance. If they do not get the right amount of exercise, the dogs might develop bad habits and become destructive. Labrador retrievers also love to hang around with their owners and join in on family activities.

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It is best for Labrador retrievers to receive basic training, particularly in obedience or they might end up being large and rowdy pets. Because of the popularity of the breed, it is important that prospective owners only purchase their Labrador retrievers from reputable breeders who work hard to maintain the quality of the breed and not just from puppy mills or pet stores.

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The Labrador retriever is easily one of the most popular gun dogs in the United States. The Labrador retriever took the No. 1 spot on the American Kennel Club's (AKC) list of popular dog breeds in 1991 and this loveable breed has held on to the position ever since.
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