Bouncing, happy and enthusiastic, are great ways to describe Yellow Labrador Retrievers who are always eager to please their owners. Also know as Yellow Labs they are renowned for their friendly nature and playful personality.
In 2007, 95.7% of all Yellow Labs tested passed the American Temperament Test given by the American Temperament Society, making them one of the best family dogs that are not only good workers, but also great with children of all ages.
The first Labradors came from Newfoundland in Canada, called the Newfoundland dog.
Through crossbreeding of a St. Hubert’s hound from France and Portugal water dogs, the yellow Labrador emerged.
Because many English and Irish folks lived and settled in Newfoundland, local fishermen used these crossbred Labs to help drag nets into shore. The Yellow Labs love for water has always been an exceptional quality of the breed.
By the early 1900’s, Yellow Labradors were as popular in America as they were in Canada and England.
Yellow Labrador Retrievers will reach 55 to 70 pounds once they are full grown; however, because they are such great family dogs, and most don’t live the “working” life they were bred for, often Yellow Labs can grow up to 100 pounds from over-snacking.
If you are a Yellow Labrador owner, you already know they can shed their hair twice a year or in colder climates, only once. In spring and fall, when their hair begins to shed, they actually appear to be molting and the endless brushing begins.
Our Yellow Labrador, Abbie is by far our friendliest dog. She is more than willing to hop on guests, play with kids for hours and if given the chance, will escape our large yard to explore and meet new friends.
Abbie has been brought back to our home more times than I can count from neighbors, where she was found exploring, or just looking for a friendly face.
The intelligence of the Yellow Lab tends to be the result of their environment.
If one is truly a working dog on a farm or on a hunt, they can be very instinctive and will listen to their owner’s every command.
Others, who are family pets, tend to play and sleep and if you have a friend with a Yellow Lab, chances are they have stood up on their hind legs to greet you.
Abbie, our Yellow Lab, does at times seem to have a mind of her own and if she indeed finds something to explore, a barrage of “Abbies” will not turn bring her back from newfound interest. Their explorative interests, enthusiasm to please and the affection they show their owners make Labradors the most popular home pet in both the US and the UK. An amazing 6 out of every 10 dog owners have a Labrador retriever.
The Labrador is a great dog for any family or owner. If you are interested in owning Yellow Labrador Retrievers, seek out breeders in your area who are members of noted canine associations.
Labrador puppies are usually ready to find a home by the age of 10 weeks or try your local animal shelter and adopt an older Yellow Lab—chances are no matter what the age, the Yellow Lab you pick will have a personality that’s meant to please.