1. Labradors have webbed toes and are therefore great swimmers. This webbing can also effectively act as a snowshoe in colder climates, as it keeps snow from collecting between their toes.
2. Their coat has two layers: a short, thick topcoat and a relatively water-resistant undercoat. This two-layer coat protects them from cold and wet weather.
3. They are the most commonly used breed for guide dogs. They are intelligent, easy to train, eager to please and have a gentle temperament.
4. Labradors are the most popular dog breed in America & the UK.
5. This breed loves to be around people and needs a lot of affection, as well as plenty of exercise to burn off all that energy!
6. Labradors have working roles in all sorts of sectors including search and rescue, therapy, hunting, assisting the disabled and tracking.
7. The PDSA Gold Medal (an animal bravery award) was awarded to a Labrador named Endal in 2002. Endal’s disabled owner fell unconscious, so he 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.
8. You can potentially get puppies of all colours (black, yellow and chocolate) in the same litter.
9. The average life span for a Labrador is 10 – 12 years.
10. The Labrador breed actually originated in Newfoundland (Canada), not Labrador.