Characteristics of Labrador Retrievers

Practicing in the Philadelphia, PA area, Dr. Andrew Collier is the only orthopaedic surgeon locally who performs arthroscopic laser procedures. Dr. Andrew Collier is also an animal lover, having adopted several rescued Labrador retrievers into his family.

Labs have become America’s most popular dog, according to the American Kennel Club. Their intelligence and good nature are known even to people who do not own them. They represent an active breed, well-suited to family life.

Labrador dogs originated in the Canadian island of Newfoundland. Originally they were intended to help fishermen with their catches. Today, most Labs are not service animals, although some serve as therapy dogs; other functions include search-and-rescue and hunting. However, their sweet nature makes them poor candidates for watchdog duties.

They thrive on lots of exercise, being expert swimmers and fetchers; a once-daily trip around the block is insufficient. Young Labs (two to three years) especially love to jump up and down.

Prospective owners who do not want so much energy in a dog should consider acquiring an adult Lab from a shelter or rescue organization. That way, they can find a Lab with a calmer temperament.