Rover is proud to present the first of a blog series today! One undeniable facet of understanding our four legged friends comes from understanding their breed. Whether you have a classic mixed mutt, purebred, or straight up “unknown” the breed or believed breed of the dog plays a pivotal role in how we take care of them. Rover-ites have a unique chance to come across a wide range of dog breeds as future/current Seattle dog sitters or dog owners. Rover is publishing a “Breed of the Week” blog series that will cover the most popular dog breeds found in Seattle. Maybe you will even discover the perfect breed for you!
To start off our series we will be looking at the most popular dog breed in Seattle, US, and the world. If you guessed the Labrador retriever then you would be right! Labrador retrievers originally came from our Canadian neighbors to the north. In the 16th century colonist on the island of Newfoundland breed a type of St. John’s Dog to retrieve/pull nets from the water. These dogs were valued for their natural loyalty and hardworking personalities. In Greater Newfoundland Labrador retrievers were recorded pulling carts with 200 to 300 pounds of fish. During the 19th century these dogs were brought to England and raised for the more well-known role as a hunting dog. Several breeding programs were initiated by the end of the 19th century in England, and these dogs were considered the ancestors of all modern Labradors. In 1903 the Labrador retriever was recognized as an official breed in the records of the English Kennel Club. The American Kennel Club in the US did not officially recognize the breed until 1917.
Ok, Seattle dog boarders and dog owners, that is all we have time for today. If you are interesting in becoming a dog owner or dog sitter of a Labrador retriever, keep an eye out for part 2 of Popular Dog Breeds: The Labrador Retriever. In the second segment of the blog post we will be covering information about the Labrador retriever as a pet.