The United States is a dog country with more than 89 million pooches in 2017, according to Statista. It’s an increase of more than 15 million since 2000. Some canines, however, are more popular than others. In Utah, they follow the national trend—that is, people in the Beehive State love the Labs! What makes this breed endearing to the Americans?

The History of Labs in America

The history of Labrador Retrievers began in the 1500s when the fisherfolk of Newfoundland cross-bred small water dogs with Newfoundland dogs. During this time, the breed became their helpmates, especially in casting and pulling nets. They also captured or hunted ducks. By the 1800s, nobles from England spotted the dogs and brought them to their country where they underwent further refinement. The breed also took on another task, which was to help hunt for birds, among others. Eventually, the Americans caught on the popularity of the dog. By 1917, the American Kennel Club registered its first Labrador Retriever.

Why Do People Love the Labs?

Since then, Labrador Retrievers became the most popular breed in Utah and the rest of the United States. They’re equally a favorite in other countries such as Australia and Canada. The question is why.

First, these dogs are both smart and intelligent, owing to their lineage and experience. They are a working-class breed. They are also excellent when it comes to dealing with both humans and animals. This is why they’re a good dog to have for multi-pet households and families with children. If there’s one thing to remember, it’s to consider puppy training in Utah. Labradors tend to be exuberant or over-enthusiastic. Training can help you learn to control this temperament, especially when the dog is around small kids.

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Labradors are also biters, which means that they like to bite on things and furniture. Most owners would give toys to the dogs so that they can have something to chew on, or they can undergo training to correct such behavior. They are also easy to care for as they usually need only brushing of their coat. They don’t require clipping and other kinds of fancy grooming. They also don’t drool a lot. Perhaps the only issue is that they are a shedder.

If you want to stay active and enjoy the outdoors, these dogs can be your best partner. They have a lot of energy, and they need to exercise. The breed can weigh up to 70 to 80 pounds, depending on the gender. They can also grow faster for their age. An exercise session of at least 40 minutes a day will ensure that they don’t spend their energy on chewing furniture. You can avoid getting them obese or prone to joint or bone issues.

Labrador Retrievers don’t live as long as other breeds. While chihuahuas can thrive for at least 17 years, Labs have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. Regardless of how long they are going to be with you, they are going to give you the best days of your lives. They’re fun, sweet, loyal, and intelligent. They are more than willing to be your fine friend.