By Diane Jessup
For The Sentinel 

Companion Animal: Meet the Breeds - Part 5: The Labrador Retriever


October 16, 2019

American Kennel Club

CHOOSE YOUR FLAVOR: The Labrador retriever-America's favorite dog-comes in a variety of colors.

For almost 30 years now, the American Kennel Club has annually registered more Labrador retrievers than any other breed. The Lab is, without question, America's favorite dog. The Lab's wide appeal is due to the genetics which make him a helpful bird dog. Bred in England to be a gentleman's shooting companion, the Lab was bred to be steady, completely obedient, and friendly to one and all. At English shoots the dog was, and still is, required to sit sedately beside his master during the excitement of the hunt-a decidedly difficult thing for a dog-and behave like a gentleman. Retrieving over great distances, the dog must take human direction by whistle and arm signal without question. Of co...

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