What is a labrador

Originating in the North East corner of Canada.

Origin of labrador

The name

Now to some people that may sound like a strange question, but you’d be amazed how often we get asked. The fact that the Labrador is called by several different names can be confusing, so let’s try and clear it up for everyone. The “Labrador Retriever”, “Labrador”, and “Lab” are all one and the same thing. They are not a “Golden Retriever”, which is where a lot of the confusion comes from. The Labrador Retriever is a short-coated breed of dog, and comes in 3 different colours; black, yellow or chocolate.

For more than 200 years there has been 3 colours to the Labrador, so the chocolate colour is not a “fad” or a new “designer” addition to the Labrador. If a Labrador is black or chocolate, they shouldn’t have patches of white on them (small dots sometimes happen, especially on the chest or feet). If they are a yellow, then the colour can be anything from pure white through to a deep orange, with no patches of darker colour, dots or speckling. They are not a long-haired dog, and any dog with long hair is not a Labrador (unless they’re expressing the very rare “long-haired” gene, but it’s very, very rare).

They should be heavy boned, thick legged, with strong musculature and a broad, blocky type of head.

The Gundog Group

What is a retriever

The term “Retriever” refers to a group of dogs, which are all part of the Gundog group. There are, in fact, a number of different breeds that are all “Retrievers”, including the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Flat Coat Retriever, Curly Coat Retriever, Duck Tolling Retriever, Water Retriever, and Chesapeake Retriever. 

When people colloquially refer to a dog as a “retriever”, they are usually referring to the popular, long haired and cream coloured “Golden Retriever”.

That’s where it gets confusing, as there are far more “retrievers” than just the golden retriever. So, yes, the Labrador is a Retriever, it’s also a Labrador Retriever, and yes it’s also a Lab… plus a garbage can on legs, a gannet, a tunnelling ferret, a miner, and toy destroyer.

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