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Amazing Labrador Facts: Here are 10 fascinating things you really need to know about the loving Labrador Retriever 🐶

Labrador Retrievers come in a range of colours but they all tend to be equally cute. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Labrador Retrievers come in a range of colours but they all tend to be equally cute. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

One of the unexpected effects of the global pandemic – and the resulting series of lockdowns – was an increase in demand for puppies.

And the extent of that soaring in demand has been shown by the latest registrations statistics from the UK Kennel Club, up nearly 40 per cent from 250,649 in 2020 to 349,013 in 2021.

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

The average Labrador Retriever lives for 10-12 years, but some dogs have lived much longer. The oldest Lab on record was called Adjutant, who died in the UK on August 14, 1936, at the age of 27 years and 98 days. Only four dogs have ever lived longer. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The average Labrador Retriever lives for 10-12 years, but some dogs have lived much longer. The oldest Lab on record was called Adjutant, who died in the UK on August 14, 1936, at the age of 27 years and 98 days. Only four dogs have ever lived longer. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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

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Labradors are highly-intelligent, a trait exemplified by a service dog called Endal who found fame in the UK in the 2000s. Endal was able to respond to over 100 instructions and could carry out a large number of tasks for his owner - including picking items from supermarket shelves, operating buttons and switches, loading and emptying a washing machine, and withdrawing cash from an autoteller. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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.

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.

Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the breed.

It's no wonder that Labrador Retrievers are such great swimmers - they have webbed feet perfect for powering them through the water. They are also handy in cold climates as they act as snowshoes, stopping the dog's feet from sinking into the snow. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
It's no wonder that Labrador Retrievers are such great swimmers - they have webbed feet perfect for powering them through the water. They are also handy in cold climates as they act as snowshoes, stopping the dog's feet from sinking into the snow. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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The first Labrador Retriever was born in the UK at some point in the 1830s when St John's Water Dogs arrived in Britain on trading ships sailing between Canada and the port of Poole. Several members of the nobility, including the Earl of Malmesbury, the Duke of Buccleuch, and the Earl of Home bred them with hunting dogs to create the new breed. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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The first dog to appear on the cover of Life magazine was a black Lab called 'Blind of Arden' in 1938. He was owned by Averell Harriman, who would become the 48th Governor of New York, and featured in the magazine after winning the title of 'Number 1 US Retriever' at a major American dog show. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The first dog to appear on the cover of Life magazine was a black Lab called 'Blind of Arden' in 1938. He was owned by Averell Harriman, who would become the 48th Governor of New York, and featured in the magazine after winning the title of 'Number 1 US Retriever' at a major American dog show. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Labradors have such a sensitive sense of smell they can detect when a person's blood sugar levels are crashing so can give early warning of a diabetic episode. The first dog to do so was called Armstrong, and he was trained to smell the chemical changes that happen when hypoglycemia occurs in 2003. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Labradors have such a sensitive sense of smell they can detect when a person's blood sugar levels are crashing so can give early warning of a diabetic episode. The first dog to do so was called Armstrong, and he was trained to smell the chemical changes that happen when hypoglycemia occurs in 2003. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
A black Labrador called Pep served 10 years in jail in the US state of Pennsylvania after killing a cat belonging to Governor Gifford Pinchot’s wife. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
A black Labrador called Pep served 10 years in jail in the US state of Pennsylvania after killing a cat belonging to Governor Gifford Pinchot’s wife. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Labrador Retriever's ancestors were the now-extinct St John's Water Dog. These were a common breed in the Newfoundland area of Canada, where they were used by fishermen to retrieve ropes, nets, and even fish, from the cold waters of the North Atlantic. It's a skill that is still innate in modern Labs, who can happily spend hours collecting sticks thrown into the sea. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Celebrity Labrador owners include Drew Barrymore (Flossie), Bill Clinton (Buddy), Minnie Driver (Bubba), Mary Kate Olsen (Luca), Gwyneth Paltrow (Holden), Steve Martin (Roger), Anne Hathaway (Esmerelda) and Hulk Hogan (Rosello).
Celebrity Labrador owners include Drew Barrymore (Flossie), Bill Clinton (Buddy), Minnie Driver (Bubba), Mary Kate Olsen (Luca), Gwyneth Paltrow (Holden), Steve Martin (Roger), Anne Hathaway (Esmerelda) and Hulk Hogan (Rosello).
A total of five Labrador Retrievers have received the PDSA's Dickin Medal - the highest award any animal can receive whilst serving in military conflict, equivalent to the Victoria Cross. Most recently a Labrador called Sasha was posthumously awarded the medal in May 2014 for