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Labrador Facts: 10 fascinating facts you might not know about the loyal Labrador Retriever dog breed 🐶

The Scotsman logo The Scotsman 09/06/2022 David Hepburn

They’re the UK’s most popular breed of dog, but how much do you know about the loyal Lab?

a close up of a dog © Labrador Retrievers come in a range of colours but they all tend to be equally cute.

The last two years have seen many of us welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, as the Kennel Club saw dog ownership rise by nearly eight per cent.

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But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.

Those with active lifestyles might want to consider a larger dog, while somebody with allergies will be looking for a hypoallergenic dog.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.

a dog sitting on a table © The Labrador Retriever's ancestors were the now-extinct St John's Water Dog. These were a common bre...

One dog that often appears at the top of people’s canine wishlists is the Labrador Retriever – they were the UK’s most popular pet in 2020 and have a range of positive attributes that make them a great family pet.

a dog sitting on a wooden surface © The average Labrador Retriever lives for 10-12 years, but some dogs have lived much longer. The olde...

Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the breed.

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a brown dog with its mouth open © The first Labrador Retriever was born in the UK at some point in the 1830s when St John's Water Dogs...

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