Labrador Retrievers are one of the most famous and beloved dog breeds in the world. Many reasons can explain this motivation. The race actually has an endless amount of secrets to reveal for those who want to know it.
Here are 10 secrets and anecdotes to get to know the Labrador Retriever better.
1. Longevity Record
The lifespan of Labrador Retrievers is between 10 and 12 years. However, a dog of the named breed Adjutant lived longer and managed to blow his 27th candle.
2. Noble ancestors
Labrador Retrievers are descendants of St. John. This extinct breed flourished in Canada where the dogs helped fishermen retrieve nets, ropes and even fish still in the water. These instincts still remain in the Labrador Retriever we know today.
3. The Dean of Labrador Retrievers
The first Labrador Retriever was born in the UK when its ancestor, the Hound of St. John landed. The British nobility then crossed the dog with hunting cats.
4. A dog that can save lives
Labrador Retrievers are able to detect drops in blood sugar levels. So they alert the patient before the hypoglycaemia attack is triggered. In 2003, armstrong was the first Labrador Retriever trained to detect chemical changes.
The intelligence of Labrador Retrievers makes them great service dogs for their owners. The record is held by Endal who was able to help his master by doing no less than 100 different tasks. The Labrador Retriever shops in the supermarket, manipulates the switches, buttons of the machines, operates the washing machine which he fills with dirty linen and from which he takes out the clean linen. He even made cash withdrawal operations from ATMs.
6. Good swimmers
Labrador Retrievers have so-called webbed feet, which give them ease in water but also resistance to cold on snowy surfaces.
7. War medals
Labrador Retrievers are true war heroes. 5 medals dickin on PDSA given as many dogs of the breed as were enlisted in the war. It is the most valuable medal for military service awarded during the conflict.
8. Magazine Star
Arden is blind was the first dog to appear on the cover of the magazine life. It was the dog of the Governor of New York. A black Labrador Retriever recently won the title of “US Retriever No. 1” in a dog competition.
9. The dog of the stars
Many celebrities own Labrador Retrievers, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Mary-Kate Olsen, Anne Hathaway and Drew Barrymore.
10. A Labrador Retriever behind bars
A black Labrador Retriever spent 10 years in prison after killing the cat of the wife of the governor of the state of Pennsylvania.