This is a photo of a beautiful black Labrador Retriever belonging to one of my daughter’s clients. His nails were cut and was then given a bath. Harley is a very gentle dog and was easy to bathe. He’s waiting to be dried and brushed before returning home to his “Mom.”
Did you know that the Labrador Retriever has placed as the Number 1 dog in AKC registrations since 2001? Oddly enough, the breed has never won best in show. Personally,I think this is suspect. It seems judges go for rarer breeds or just maybe they are partial to their personal favorites. This dog just has not lost it’s popularity with americans. I do not know about other countries. Generally, this breed has an affable and sweet personality and loves to play, thus making him a family dog that is good with children. The lab should be provided with early socialization among other dogs and people. He is popular as a retriever among outdoor sportsman, especially those that hunt waterfowl. A natural ability to excel at swimming, is why this breed is used by the Italian School of Canine Lifeguard for rescue and life saving. Maybe having webbed paws enables the labrador to be such a powerful swimmer.
The canine agility sport of dock diving has become popular among owners of Labs. Contests are held across the United States in which the owner/handler throws what is called a bumper across a special pool of water. The dog leaps into the air in an effort to catch the bumper, thus propelling the dog a sizable distance which can be in the neighborhood of 25-30 feet, beore landing in the water. As the dog hits the water, a special electronic device measures the exact footage in feet and inches. This field of agility allows the labrador to show off its prowess as a fearless retriever who will go to great lengths to retrieve an object. Individuals are now breeding dogs with blood lines, proven to be superb jumpers who can go “the distance.” The Nestle Purina company sponsors this event which allows the best of the best to compete in various agility contests. These events are shown on TV and this is how I learned about the sport. I can say without a doubt that owners/handlers who enter these events are serious about their dock diving dog. The contest is exciting and it is a joy to watch these amazing dogs compete with several other breeds that are natural jumpers.
Post and photographs by Yvonne