America’s Most Popular Dog (Britain’s Too)Today we are going to look at some of the most popular Labrador crossbreeds. Some of these mixes are so popular that they are being recognized as unique breeds.
Let’s start by looking at the basic Labrador. Retriever.
Here is is what Dogtime.com has to say”
“The Labrador Retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog breed. Historically, he earned his keep as a fisherman’s helper: hauling nets, fetching ropes, and retrieving fish from the chilly North Atlantic. Today’s Labrador Retriever is as good-natured and hard working as his ancestors, and he’s America’s most popular breed. These days the Lab works as a retriever for hunters, assistance dog to the handicapped, show competitor, and search and rescue dog, among other canine jobs.”
These are very friendly, high energy dogs. they are great for families, but need space and exercise. They tend to shed (a lot) and have some health problems. Being guard dogs is not their forte. They are more likely to welcome an intruder than they are to try and scare them off.
Labs come in three colors , black, chocolate and yellow:
Chocolate Lab One of the funniest lab pictures ever taken
There are some breeders trying to sell rare colors, like Silver and Red. These are actually just variations of Yellow Labs.
There are other breeders that really don/t like the idea of crossbreeds. Here is one quote:
“Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. is opposed to cross-breeding of dogs and is particularly opposed to the deliberate crossing of Labrador Retrievers with any other breed. These crossbreeds are a deliberate attempt to mislead the public with the idea that there is an advantage to these designer dogs. The crossbred dogs are prone to all of the genetic disease of both breeds and offer none of the advantages that owning a purebred dog has to offer. ” (Source: Moonlit)
Others certainly disagree, but I thought it was worth mentioning.