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Hello Lab Lovers! Today, I want to share with you some incredible facts about Labrador Retrievers that might surprise you. These lovable dogs are known for their intelligence, friendly nature, and loyalty, but there’s so much more to discover. So, grab a leash and join me on this journey to uncover the lesser-known side of our favorite four-legged friends.

Labradors have a water-resistant double coat

This unique feature allows them to swim and work in wet conditions with ease. Their coat is dense and insulating, perfect for keeping them warm and dry.

Speaking of swimming, Labradors have slightly webbed feet

This fascinating adaptation helps them swim more efficiently, giving them that extra paddling power in the water.

Labradors have a rich history as fishermen’s assistants

Back in the 1700s, they were bred to help fishermen in Newfoundland, Canada, by retrieving fishing nets, fish, and performing other tasks on boats.

The Mayor of Labtown

A Labrador Retriever named Duke was elected mayor of Cormorant Township, Minnesota, in 2014. Duke, a Great Pyrenees and Labrador Retriever mix, won the honorary title through a write-in campaign and became a local celebrity. The friendly canine served as the township’s mayor until he retired in 2018.

Almost a world without Labradors

They were on the brink of extinction during the 1800s due to heavy taxation on dogs in Newfoundland. Thankfully, British breeders saved the breed by importing dogs to England and continuing their breeding programs.

Labs have a long history as seeing-eye dogs

The first official guide dog school, The Seeing Eye, was established in 1929, and Labrador Retrievers were among the first breeds used to assist the visually impaired.

Labradors are scent detection champions

With their extraordinary sense of smell, they are employed in various fields, including law enforcement, search and rescue, and even medical settings, where they help detect cancer, diabetes, and COVID-19.

Labradors use their tails as a “rudder” while swimming

This fascinating attribute helps them steer and maintain balance in the water.

Mix and match colors

Labrador Retrievers come in three main coat colors: black, yellow, and chocolate. Interestingly, it’s possible for two Labs of the same color to produce puppies of all three colors, depending on their hidden genetic traits.

Second Place Now

French Bulldogs recently replaced Labrador Retrievers as the most popular dog in the United States. And we have ten surprising facts about French Bulldogs too!

Thanks for joining me on this adventure into the world of Labrador Retrievers! If you’ve got any cool stories or fun facts about your own Lab, feel free to share them in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear all about your experiences and love for these extraordinary dogs.

Written by Tom Cashman

I have grown up with pets for almost fifty years. My family has strong ties to the animal shelter community in Chicago. Currently I have two cats: an orange tabby named Zelda, and a gray mixed named Zander. Like all of my pets, they were adopted from a local animal shelter. Pet Zone represents my passion for sharing with the pet community.

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  1. Really, Labrador is one of my favorite dog breeds. They are so friendly, gentle, and playful home dogs. By the way, I love Beagles too, but I have some fear of Rottweilers. Sometimes they behave more aggressively.