How has the Labs working background influenced his temperament

People-oriented: Early Labs not only shared their owners' work, they shared their homes and families as well. This resulted in dogs who were devoted to their humans and needed human companionship.

Independent: Early working Labs had to be willing to leave their human companions and retrieve ropes, fish or game on their own. This type of self-reliance may account for the independent— or even stubborn—attitude of the Lab.

Boredom threshold: Early Labs worked hard. The jobs were strenuous and the conditions were challenging. Today's Labs have an easier life, but they often become bored without adequate mental stimulation and regular vigorous exercise.

Resourcefulness: Early Labs had to be resourceful to accomplish their work of retrieving fish, ropes or birds. Today's Lab— especially when bored—may use this resourcefulness in less productive ways, such as devising an ingenious method to escape from confinement.

Retrieving ability: Retrieving—whether for fish or game—was the first Lab job. Because the best retrievers made the best working (and hunting) partners, this trait was undoubtedly the focus of selective breeding. Today's Lab, even if bred primarily for show rather than hunting, still has a highly developed retrieval instinct and will often retrieve any objects that are handy, such as bowls, toys or clothing.

Love of water: Labs have been swimming for more than 500 years, starting out in the frigid waters of Newfoundland. As hunting dogs, they were undeterred by water, plunging right in to bring back downed waterfowl. Is it really any wonder that today's Labs still love water?

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