I love Chocolate – the deep rich brown color of chocolate, pleasing to the eye, appealing to the senses. But this post isn’t about chocolate you eat. Sorry. This is about Chocolate Labrador Retrievers. My kind of dog. I’ve owned four chocolates in the last 15 years: Mocha, Java, Annabella, and Jack. Annie and her son,Jack, are still living with us.
The Lab has been the most popular breed of dog in the United States, Canada, and the U.K since 1991. It’s one of the most popular “assistance” breeds in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US, and is widely used by police and other official bodies for their detection and working abilities. Typically, labs are athletic, love to swim (hence the webbed paws), play catch and retrieve.
Chocolate lab pups did not gain acceptance until the 20th century, having been culled in the years prior to that. They mature around three years of age but can manifest a significant degree of puppy energy and enthusiasm before this time and, in my experience, a long time after that as well!
Well-known for their appetite, they can be highly indiscriminate, eating digestible and non-food objects alike, being persistent in requesting food.
They have a loving temperament and require a great deal of attention and love in return, and are eager to please. But the lab’s enthusiasm for you may rival its enthusiasm for food and exercise!
My two labs (above) weigh about 95 pounds each and Jack (on the right) is a lap dog. Granted, I can hardly breathe…I’m just saying. Both have a preference for sleeping on top of the bed, as opposed to “beside” the bed, with their heads on down pillows, unlike “other” labs who are perfectly satisfied lying on dog beds on the floor! They’ve always been completely accepting of babies and little kids and enjoy having a buddy to hang out with, thus disdaining the position of being the “only child”.
I really DO love chocolate….labs.