According to registration statistics recently released by the American Kennel Club® (AKC), the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in the Nashville area.
The Labrador Retriever is also the most popular purebred dog in America for the 21st straight year. More than twice as many Labs were registered than any other breed making it a likely leader for many years to come.
In a recent article, a licensed professional counselor for more than twenty-five years, explained how owning a Lab can help produce healthier, happier, more well adjusted children. Here is an excerpt from her article:
The ten reasons that I am giving for children to have a dog are not listed in order of importance. All of us have different characteristics which we find more important than others. Every reason I list, however, is important to the childhood of your son or daughter.
Dogs help children to be more physically fit.
All dogs, regardless of breed, need to be walked. Children who take their dogs for regularly scheduled walks tend to exercise more than those who have no reason to get up off the couch and leave the TV. The Journal of Physical Activity and Health (2010) concluded that people who walk their dogs generally walk about an hour longer per day than non-dog walkers. In this age where over one-third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese, exercise is no longer merely a choice of leisure activity, it is a necessity (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008). What more pleasurable way for a child to exercise than to run and play with an adored dog? All dogs need exercise regardless of size, so children include dogs when they are running or playing casually–not just on regularly scheduled walks.
One of the reasons that I suggest retrievers when parents ask about what kind of dog is best is simply the name. Of course, I grew up with retrievers and I love them, but even more than other dogs, they love to play ball. If you’ll throw it, they’ll retrieve it. The glorious thing about this fact is that they never seem to tire of the “game.” Even babies get excited and laugh and clap their hands when the dog runs after the ball and brings it back.
Be sure to read the rest of her seven part article, Ten Reasons to Own a Dog.
At Twin Lakes Kennel, we have been breeding and training world class Labrador retrievers for more than thirty-five years. Our Labs can be found across the states from Hawaii to Maine, from Alaska to Florida. Our second-to-none Puppy Guarantee makes buying a pure-bred Labrador retriever one of the wisest decisions you will ever make.
But don’t take our word for it. Read the personal testimonials from prominent Lab owners from around the country. And visit our Puppy Page or call Woody or Judi for up-to-date puppy information at 910.462.3246.
Did you know…
- Early inhabitants of the area which is now Nashville were Mississippian Indians who lived here around 1000 to 1400 A.D. They disappeared after making great earthen mounds and making beautiful painted pottery which has been found as relics of the area. Other Indian groups, such as the Cherokee, Chicksaw and Shawnee, came into the area, mostly for hunting purposes.
- The French were the first white men to come here, establishing a trading post about 1717. The settlement called Fort Nashborough was founded on Christmas Day in 1779 by James Robertson, under the authority of the governor of North Carolina. It was named for Francis Nash, A Revolutionary War General. The name was changed to Nashville in 1784.
- Nashville was heavily involved in the Civil War. The Union army took Nashville in 1862. Three years later, just before the surrender, the Confederates tried to regain the town in the Battle of Nashville. Though badly outnumbered, the southern forces fought valiantly in this two day fray, which is considered to be the last battle of the Civil War.
- The distance from Nashville to Washington DC is 585 miles. The distance to the Tennessee state capital is miles. (as the crow flies).
- Nickname(s): “Country Music Capital of the World” and “The Music City”
Source: USA Cities Online