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What are some facts about yellow Labrador retrievers?

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Yellow Labrador retrievers are an extremely popular breed of dog that fills multiple roles as family pets, service dogs and hunting dogs. The first Labrador retriever was bred in Newfoundland to help fishermen with their nets.

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Labradors were originally bred as black dogs. The first yellow one did not come long until 1899, and all yellow Labradors since are descended from him. However this first yellow Labrador, called Ben of Hyde, was actually a golden color, which lightened through subsequent generations to the prevailing cream shade.

Although the Labrador's first job was to help fishermen, an English earl saw its potential and started breeding it to be a gun dog. This was when the first yellow Labrador was born. The earl's work paid off, and the Labrador became a great hunting companion.

Today the Labrador retriever is used as a narcotic-sniffing dog, a service dog for the blind, a therapy dog for those with autism, a search-and-rescue companion and a family pet. Part of the appeal of this dog is its friendly, gentle nature and high intelligence, making it highly trainable.

The Labrador ranges in size from 55 to 80 pounds depending on the gender. It has a strong, athletic build and is characterized by its otter tail and kind eyes.

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