The sweet-faced, lovable Labrador Retriever is America’s most popular dog breed. Labs are friendly, outgoing, and high-spirited companions who have more than enough affection to go around for a family looking for a medium-to-large dog. This is according to the AKC.
Despite its name, the Labrador Retriever originated in Newfoundland. Newfoundland and Labrador make up the most easterly province of Canada. For the benefit of we Yankees, Newfoundland is the island part of the province.
The Labs were great dogs for the fisherman of Newfoundland because they would jump into the icy cold waters to retrieve fish which came unhooked. That may have been great fun for the dogs, but I’m guessing today Labrador Retrievers are happy they don’t have to do that job anymore. Curling up beside a nice warm fire in the winter with their human companions must be heaven for them.
Labrador Retrievers Living Royally Among The Rich And Famous
- President Bill Clinton’s Labradors Buddy and Seamus.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Labrador ‘Konni’.
- Vice President Dick Cheney – Jackson (Yellow Labrador) & Dave (Black Labrador)
- Minnie Driver – Bubba (Black Labrador)
- Sarah McLachlan – Rex (Black Labrador)
- Kevin Costner – Yellow Labrador
- Gwyneth Paltrow – Holden (Black Labrador)
- Steve Martin – Roger (Yellow Labrador)
- Anne Hathaway – Esmerelda (Chocolate Labrador)
- Prince Charles – Harvey (Yellow Labrador)
- and many, many more…
The Labrador Retriever, Labrador, or Lab is a medium-large breed weighing between 65 to 80 pounds. They live about 10 to 12 years on average, and are relatively healthy dogs. They do like to eat, however, and they can become obese without proper exercise. This may be their (and mine, especially that exercise part) main health problem.
Labrador Retrievers in Movies
- Old Yeller (1957)
- Marley and Me (2008)
- Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995)
- Police Dog Dream (2010)
- The Incredible Journey (1963)
“Old Yeller” may be the most famous, and saddest, of dog movies. It was bases on a novel by the same name. In the book, Old Yeller was a stray cur dog. In the movie, the actor dog was a Mastiff and Labrador Retriever mix named “Spike (dog)“.