The Labrador Retriever was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 and thereafter rose slowly but steadily in popularity due to its incredible versatility, obedience, and rugged good looks. It is now considered the world’s most popular breed. Famous Labrador Retrievers include the title character from the film ‘Old Yeller’, Marley, from the bestselling memoir ‘Marley and Me’, and Tawny, a yellow Lab who gave birth to 18 puppies with her first litter in 1999 and was named the ‘Iams Mother of the Year’.
The Labrador Retriever (also known as the ‘Labrador’ or ’Lab’) descends from the Newfoundland Dog and the St. John’s Water Dog in Newfoundland, Canada. It was bred to hunt in water and pull boats, which is evident to this day in its natural love for water. Contrary to popular opinion, the Labrador Retriever’s name likely derives from the Portuguese ‘lavradores’ or Spanish ‘labradores’, both of which mean ‘farm worker’, rather than the ‘Labrador’ region of Canada.
We choose to give the Labrador an overall pet score of 99 because based on all the criteria for a family pet, we feel the Labrador is the top choice. Obviously every family is looking to fulfill different needs so we realize the Labrador might not be the right choice for everyone. He does need some open space to play in, and will need someone to take him on walks. Labradors are social dogs and are happiest when they are able to interact with their family on a regular basis.