Why are they called Labrador Retrievers?
By mduigou on Jan 14, 2010
Recently we had the pleasure of taking care of a 7 1/2 week old puppy for about three months while she was getting old enough for some surgery and then the recovery. When we got her she was fresh from the whelping kennel and had absolutely no training. She didn't know her name, wasn't housebroken in the slightest degree, couldn't walk on a leash, etc. However, if you threw a toy she would bring it back to you ever time. Apparently retrieving is a "built-in" function for Labradors and requires no training. I was kind of amazed at how automatic retrieving was for her since she really hadn't mastered any other skills yet. The "Retriever" name is apparently well deserved.
Because I'd never be forgiven for not including a picture: