The most popular breed in America for 21 years running, the Labrador retriever is the definitive waterfowl dog, a cover-crashing force to be reckoned with in the uplands, the perfect family companion, and much, much more. What an admirer of the breed wrote in 1861 is as relevant now as ever: “The Labrador dog, let me remark, is a bold fellow, and, when well taught, understands, almost as well as any Christian biped, what you say to him.” To put it somewhat less poetically, the Lab seems almost human—except without the baggage.
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Tom Davis is a columnist for Just Labs magazine and the author of "Why Labs Do That: A Collection of Curious Labrador Retriever Behaviors".
Photo by: Bill Buckley