10 Things You Didn't Know About Labradors .... Or did you?

SATURDAY JANUARY 8TH - LABRADOR RETRIEVER DAY

Share a pic of your lovable lab family member or one who’s kept you company on a sit.
Let’s celebrate the LAB LOVE :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

The Labrador Retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog breed Historically, they earned their keep as fishermen’s helpers: hauling nets, fetching ropes, and retrieving fish from the chilly North Atlantic.

Today’s Lab is as good-natured and hardworking as their ancestors, modern Labs work as assistance dogs and search and rescue dogs, among other canine jobs and they one of the best of all family pet breeds.

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Labs … or did you?

  1. They have their own special day - TODAY
    January 8th is NATIONAL LABRADOR RETRIEVER DAY

  2. They are our TrustedHousesitters TOP DOG - By numbers only of course

  3. They’re Not Actually from Labrador, Canada - Do you know where they are from?

  4. The Breed Almost Went Extinct

  5. Black, Chocolate and Yellow Labs Can All Be in The Same Litter

  6. Led Zeppelin Named a Song for a Black Lab

  7. Labs are Used to Sniff Out Cancer

  8. A Lab was the First Dog to Appear on the Cover of “Life” Magazine

  9. Labs Put Everything in Their Mouths

  10. They are Outstanding Search-and-Rescue Dogs

Source: topdogtips.com/labrador-retriever-facts

This is the gorgeous Kaluha :dog: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: … A THS VIPet Team Member and model companion on many photo shoots.

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This lovely boy was my best pal for 5 weeks in Yokohama in 2018.

He has a TINY black mark on his forehead, which you can just make out in the picture.

The German family adopted him in India where they were based -he was almost pts due to this mark - not perfect!!! - and then spent a fortune getting him to Japan via quarantine in Germany.

They also had another dog and 2 cats, all rescues from India and the middle east.
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This is Otis….the dog with the biggest heart, who also adores SNOW :snowflake:

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My shortest sit was one night, in Scotland.

I went home for a few weeks and got bored, spotted this short sit on the west coast of Scotland, and had a great 24 hours with these guys.

A short walk to the beach, they were the best-behaved dogs ever.

From the moment I walked in the door they were my best pals - could just tell it was going to be a good day. The bearded collie was a star!..
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“Who’s a good boy then?” Bosun is of course …
Our three week sit in Haslemere …
Lucky dog had his own woods for “twig” collecting

Venus - her own pool in Barbados with a ball throwing “servant” :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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One of my favourite breed of dogs. I have a very soft spot for chocolate ones especially. We looked after these two near Salisbury two summers ago. The door between the hall and kitchen was half glazed and they actually bounced to see out of it. Like most labs, they loved food and used to follow me round the kitchen island when I was cooking. They had to be involved in everything. He’s making sure I’m making apple crumble properly.


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Here is Toffee who we looked after along with 2 other dogs and 3 cats, one of whom really wanted to be her best friend!
She is also so far the only dog we’ve met who would throw her ball back to you!



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Here is Rosie! A sweet, adorable, well behaved Labrador puppy we looked after last summer. She has her own pool and float!



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  1. They make excellent services dogs and they can be trained not to put everything in their mouth!
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Love Labradors!! And have been blessed to look after some beautiful ones over the years plus welcome them into our family.
Am currently looking after Maggie, such a gentle soul, aged 11 and born deaf. This is the second time I’ve looked after her and will be having her company again in March.


Murphy was a funny and energetic red fox Labrador in Queensland. We had such fun together. As you can see, he was a great diver!

My nephew’s two Labrador pups, Lotte (chocolate) and Rudderford (golden), who we welcomed into our family last year. Not at all spoilt. :rofl: :rofl:

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Two sweet hearts from France !

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And this one : my best friend for walking along the cornish coast footpath : loved her !

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Did you do this drawing @Françoise-et-Youn ? It’s very good!

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Thank you @mars.
My husband did !
We offered it to HO who were very happy. Happy HO is what we want !

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