The Labrador Retriever, often just called a Labrador or Lab, is the most popular dog in the world. They are an intelligent, friendly and outgoing breed originating from Labrador, in the colony of Newfoundland, which is now a province of Canada. It was originally known as a St. John’s Water Dog, bred as a sporting and hunting dog in the 1700s, and then introduced to England in the 1830s. These dogs were bred with British hunting dogs to produce the Labrador Retriever. They are now used extensively as service guide dogs, therapy dogs and rescue dogs, and by police, customs and military around the world. Around 80% of the world's guide dogs are Labradors.
Labradors have a short, dense coat and webbed paws, which makes them excellent swimmers. They come in three colours, black, brown and golden (also known as yellow.) Black is the original colour, and is the most common. They are known for their exceptional intelligence, ease of training, affection towards children, and boundless energy. They make excellent family pets who do well with children of all ages.
As Labradors are so food-orientated, many people use dog treats to train them. However, care should be taken not to overdo training treats because of the Lab's tendency towards obesity. Toys make a better training treat rather than food.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.