According to registration statistics recently released by the American Kennel Club® (AKC), the Labrador Retriever is 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:
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…
- Tuscaloosa is known as the Druid City because of its abundance of old oaks and hardwoods. This nickname was given during Civil War times.
- Because of the Black Warrior River, many Indian trails came together here. This point was the southern-most spot on the river which could be consistently forded during most of the year. This same network of trails also brought white settlers to the area. After the War of 1812, the number of settlers increased greatly. The settlement of cabins which rose up here was named for the great chief, Black Warrior who met up with explorer, Hernando DeSoto, centuries before.
- The name, Tuscaloosa is from the Choctaw words, tushka, which means warrior and lusa, which means black. Tuscaloosa was incorporated on 13 December 1819 as part of Alabama territory. This was just one day before Alabama was admitted to the Union as a state, making Tuscaloosa one day older than the State of Alabama. Tuscaloosa was named the state capital in 1826 and served as such until 1846. The University of Alabama was established in Tuscaloosa in 1831. The University was burned during the last part of the war effort with only four of the original buildings remaining.
Source: U.S.A. Cities Online