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Labradors - New Zealand's Favourite Breed

By Saskia Ostermeier August 07, 2017

Labradors – a favourite with Kiwi’s.

The Labrador retriever is one of the most popular breeds among dog owners in New Zealand. They are especially popular in areas with a high proportion of families with children as they are generally known to be friendly, relaxed dogs that are intelligent, active and attractive.

Labradors regularly top the popularity tables around the world because they are a popular 'family' dog. They are fun-loving, loyal, good solid dogs ... just very nice dogs to have around.

Labradors are well-known for their ninja-like abilities in sniffing out potential snacks.

A reason Labradors have been a popular choice for a family dog in New Zealand for many years could be that current owners are likely to have fond memories of growing up with a Labrador, and wish for their children to also enjoy the benefits that having a dog in the family brings.

Here is a list of some of the more endearing traits that we love about Labradors.


  1. Kindness

When you are at your lowest ebb, and feel the brush of soft whiskers on your hand and the heavy press of a broad head on your lap,  you know that your Labrador really cares. Dogs understand when we are sad. They are often able to be more gentle and even calmer around more vulnerable people.


  1. Willingness

Labradors are incredibly willing to please. Whether your Labrador is as bright as a button, or a bit of a dozy darling, you know he really wants to make you happy. Following you wherever you go, bringing you his toys and flashing you that endearing expression. His willingness is lovely for you, and really enforces the bond between the pair of you.

  1. Foolishness

It is not unusual for a Lab to be described as a bit of a class clown. Labradors aren’t afraid to look foolish. To mess around and be silly. Your faithful friend will not mind one bit if you laugh at him. He will probably just try harder to make you smile.

  1. Enthusiasm

Labs love the world and everything in it. They want to be a part of the action.  Whatever is happening today,  they are up for it! Whether its an exciting new adventure together, or a walk around the back yard scooping poop, they are equally enthusiastic and keen to be a part of it.

  1. Forgetfulness

Labs can be adorably forgetful. Young Labradors especially often forget what they are supposed to do. Training takes time, and they need our help in remembering what we taught them yesterday. But it part of their doggy nature,  and we love them for it.  A little patience when your Lab is young and his memory will improve.

  1. Fun

Labradors always look on the bright side. They are masters at enjoying themselves. It doesn’t have to be sunny, you don’t have to give him very much. He’ll have a great day, every day, just because he is a Labrador and he is spending his day with you.

  1. Forgiveness

Labradors forgives all our faults. If you snap at your Labrador when you are tired, he will forgive you in a heartbeat. If you are late with dinner or take a shorter route on the walk, he won’t mind later on. He never bears a grudge and he never will.

  1. Loyalty

A Labrador is the ultimate friend. He doesn’t care what you look like, he isn’t interested in how clever you are, or how many friends you have. You are his everything, his whole world for his whole life.

  1. Bravery

Labradors are courageous dogs. From their work in military danger zones and with the police, Labradors contribute world wide,  protecting us from explosives,  drugs, disease, and many other sources of danger. They will do anything for their human friends and family too.

  1. Intelligence

Labs might seem dopey at times, but they are seriously smart cookies. They are able to learn vast quantities of commands, and can learn to carry out complex tasks. Working in perfect harmony with their human handlers.

  1. Athleticism

Labradors are fabulously fit dogs. They can keep up with you on your daily run, compete in agility events and work hard all day in the field. Their structure has been maintained over the years to be the pinnacle of health, and they are all the happier for it.

  1. Friendliness

A Labrador is everyone’s friend. They will welcome family members and strangers into their home, and probably even their bed, without blinking an eye. They will happily greet fellow walkers, making new friends wherever you go.

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