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Labrador Retriever

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Labrador Retriever
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Appearance
21-25" (54-62 cm) 55-80 lb (25-37 kg) Short, straight dense outercoat. Soft weatherresistant undercoat. Black, yellow, chocolate.
Jersey (Now Retired) is our lovable mother, who started it all. Bred/Owned by Ken & Cathy Pelizzari, Goshen Ridge Labs. www.goshenridgelabs.com
History

One of two breeds originating in North America, the Labrador Retriever is possibly descended from native dogs that interbred with those arriving in the 1600s with European fishing vessels. Like the Newfoundland, the Labrador is a hardy breed uniquely designed to withstand the difficult climate of Canada’s coastline. Often called the Lesser St. John’s Dog, Labradors had thick water-resistant coats with longish wavy fur, and a thick undercoat. Smaller than the Newfoundland, the Labrador had excellent retrieving abilities, and became popular with waterfowl hunters worldwide. His type and talents were so desirable that the Labrador was used in many breeding programs, producing breeds such as the Flat-Coated, Chesapeake Bay and Golden Retrievers. Though the breed originated in Canada, the first Labrador Retrievers registered in Canada were found on the west coast, and were imported from the US and England. But the breed soon gained popularity in Canada and now stands as the most popular dog in the world.

Personality

Perhaps a perfect family dog, the Labrador Retriever is known for his sensible, affectionate, even-tempered nature and his intelligence and willingness to please. He is highly trainable and excels in a wide range of sports. An energetic dog, the Labrador needs a good run to work off steam, as well as things to do to keep his mind occupied. He is friendly with other animals, and excellent with kids.

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Labrador Retriever Breeders

Breeder Spotlight: Archway Labradors Reg’d
Manitoba

Archway Labradors Reg’d, Betty Ann Leyenhorst. Breeders of Black, Yellow and Chocolate Labrador, we are eager to specifically select a puppy for your needs, whether it be a family pet or a hunting companion, a therapy dog, or agility/flyball/conformation events. Each potential puppy owner is screened and approved before a reservation is made to ensure our puppies are only going to homes that have been carefully thought out and planned. All of our breeding stock are OFA certified for HEART, EYES, HIPS, and ELBOWS. Archway puppies are sold with a written 2 YEAR HEALTH GUARANTEE of genetic soundness. (204)750-3647; archwaylabradors@gmail.com; www.archwaylabradors.com

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Labrador Retriever Club of Canada, Inc.
Alberta

Labrador Retriever Club of Canada, Inc. Learn more about the breed online at www.labradorretrieverclub.ca

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Whiterobin Kennels
British Columbia

Whiterobin Kennels, Cynthia White. All puppies come Canadian Kennel Club registered, 1st set of shots, dew claws done, de-wormed, microchipped, some crate conditioning, very well socialized, a health guarantee, and 6 weeks pet insurance. We are here for you, offering our support to provide you with our care and attention to assist you in raising a well-mannered puppy which will become a well-mannered adult dog. We offer LIFETIME return policy, and LIFETIME support for you and your new family member. Princeton, BC. (250) 295- 7939; labs@nethop.net; www.whiterobin-kennels.com

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Devonsleigh Kennels
Ontario

Devonsleigh Kennels, Joanne Fernall. 1280 Webster Road, Norwood, ON. (705) 639-1210; devonsleigh@sympatico.ca; www.devonsleigh.com

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Dora Lee Reg’d
Ontario

Dora Lee Reg’d, Betty Small. Chocolate, yellow and occasionally black Lab puppies for wonderful companions and/or field dogs. Certified clearances and puppy guarantees. 6734 6th Line, RR 3, Harriston, ON N0G 1Z0. (519) 338-2077; doraleegenetics1@sonicwaves.ca; www.doraleelabradors.com

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Evenstar Labradors Reg’d
Ontario

Evenstar Labradors Reg’d, Jacklyn Hayhurst. Puppies are home-raised naturally, well socialized with a head start on learning experiences. Guaranteed. Our girls and puppies excel in Show, Obedience, and Field or as loving companions. Breeding stock are tested and cleared for hips, elbows, eyes, CNM, HNPK, EIC, DM. Fenwick, ON L0S 1C0. (905) 892-3012; jhayhurst@sympatico.ca; www.evenstarlabradors.com

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Goshen Ridge Labs
Ontario

Goshen Ridge Reg’d, Ken & Cathy Pellizzari. Reg’d Breeders of quality black, chocolate, yellow & fox red Labrador Retrievers. Well temperamented for a family. Also great for hunting, agility, or fly ball. 565 Goshen Road, Tillsonburg, ON. (519) 842-0960 cell: (519) 688-8815, www.goshenridgelabs.com; goshenridgelabs@hotmail.com

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Wimberway Kennels & Farm Perm Reg’d
Ontario

Wimberway Kennels & Farm Perm. Reg’d, Sandy Briggs. Puppies sometimes available. Stud Service to approved bitches. All adults have hip, elbow and eye clearances. Powassan, ON. sandy@wimberway.com; www.wimberway.com

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Windara Kennel Reg’d
Saskatchewan

Windara Reg’d, Lila June Johnson. Aptitute tested black, chocolate and yellow puppies for sale throughout the year. Parents have OFAs. Check us out today for availability. Reservations accepted now. Air transport arranged to Canadian destinations. Our puppies will meet or exceed your expectations! Windthorst, SK S0G 5G0. (306) 736-7413; windarakennel@gmail.com; www.windarakennels.blogspot.com

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