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The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States, and has been for quite some time. Most Labrador Retriever owners know why. Labs are easy going, easy to train, and have excellent personalities. They are versatile hunters, and "retrievers" as the name implies. Labrador Retrievers have been companions for Americans in all stations of life. Despite their popularity, I am unaware of any popular Labrador Retriever "move stars" like Lassie or Rin Tin Tin*, however the Robertsons in "Duck Dynasty" (aka Duck Commander) use Labrador Retrievers in some of the hunting episodes they film. Phil Roberston caused outrage when he stated "Woman are like Labrador Retrievers, they all have their quirks and like their belly scratched". (he also caused outrage with other statements too, but that's not the subject of this discussion)
*Correction: "Marley and Me" was a popular movie featuring a Yellow Labrador Retriever.
Labrador Retrievers are often used as service dogs and police work. They can be trained to detect low blood sugar, (read about Noah and Dexter here) and other medical conditions occurring in people. According to GuideDogsofAmerica.org, 70% of seeing eye dogs are Labrador Retrievers. (In fact, some of the past Labrador Retriever puppies advertised on Lancaster Puppies share bloodlines with seeing eye Labrador Retrievers)
Labrador Retrievers are part of the "Gun Dog" category. As stated before, they are excellent hunters, and were originally bred for that purpose. The name "Labrador" comes from the "Labrador Sea", where the breed was developed. Originally they were called "St. John's water dog", and share bloodlines with Newfoundlands.
Labrador Retrievers have "webbed" feet, and love water. Narvon, Pa resident Andrew Snader relates how he was fishing with his brother, on Walker Lake, near Beavertown, Pa. Along in the boat was their black Labrador Retriever "Hammy". Suddenly, without warning, the lab jumped right into the lake! It was a bit chilly, and splashed water all over the boat occupants. Then, when Hammy climbed back into the boat, he proceeded to shake the water all over the fishermen again! He was not the most popular dog that morning, however he was quickly forgiven. (it is hard to hold a grudge against a lab)
The three main coat colors of the Labrador Retriever are "Yellow", "Chocolate" and "Black". There are some other variations, such as "White" or "Silver", however these colors are not recognized by most breed registries. They are also harder to find, and as such you can expect to pay more for Labrador Retrievers with a "white" or "silver" coat.
Labrador Retrievers weigh from 50-85 pounds. There is a good deal of variety within the breed, some bloodlines are "stockier" than others, depending on the breeding program. Height varies from 21 to 25 inches at the "withers" or shoulder blades.
Labrador Retrievers need exercise, but can do well in an urban setting, provided they are given frequent walks. Because of their size, training is needed to keep them from being a nuisance in social settings. Labs can also fall prey to hip dysplasia, so genetic screening is encouraged.