Have you heard? The number one dog breed in the Pawfit app is the Labrador Retriever! In fact, it’s not just the Pawfit app Labs ranked top of the leader board, they’re the most popular breed in the world!
Easy going, friendly and extremely loveable and excellent family pets, is it any surprise Labradors are so popular?
Here’s 5 fun facts you need to know about our no.1 breed!
1. Labradors aren’t actually from Labrador
Despite their name, Labrador’s aren’t actually from Labrador. They originated from Newfoundland, working with fisherman off the coast of Canada. They were initially called St John’s Water Dog and were bred with British hunting dogs to create what has now become known as the Labrador Retriever.
2. They don’t just love swimming, they’re made for it
Anyone who owns a Labrador knows how much they love water. Labradors have thick waterproof coats which keep them warm in icy waters, webbed toes that help propel through the water and a thick tail (sometimes called an “otter tail”) which acts as a powerful rudder. Good job our Pawfit 2 tracker is 100% waterproof!
3. They’re purpose breed hunting dogs
Labs started out as duck retrievers, and after they were brought back to England in the 1800s, they were breed as game-hunting companions. Today, they’re excellent retrievers who can work in a variety of settings, including waterfowl hunting and game hunting.
4. Nowadays they also have many other jobs
Labradors can be found working in a variety of sectors including search and rescue, therapy, hunting, assisting the disabled and tracking. Thanks to their intelligence, eagerness to please, and willingness to work hard, Labradors are invaluable workers in a variety of fields.
5. They’re the heroes we don’t deserve
Everyone knows that dogs are a man’s best friend but Endal might just be the bestest friend of all. In 2002, Endal was awarded the PDSA Gold Medal (an animal bravery award). Endal’s disabled owner had fallen unconscious, so Endal pulled him into the recovery position, covered him with a blanket, retrieved his mobile phone and went to get help once his owner had regained consciousness.
Do you have a Labrador? Remember to tag us in the Pawfit adventures by using #PawfitPals on social media!