There are approximately 83.3 million beloved pet dogs in the U.S. That’s 83.3 million wagging tails and slobbering tongues making lives happier for the people lucky enough to own a pet.
Of the millions and millions of dogs in America, it’s the hard-working labrador retriever that’s number one in our hearts. Back to Basics explores which other breeds top the list in America, and asks dog owners to share which qualities they most love in their pets.
The Labrador Retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog breed. Historically, he earned his keep as a fisherman’s helper: hauling nets, fetching ropes, and retrieving fish from the chilly North Atlantic. Today’s Labrador Retriever is as good-natured and hard working as his ancestors, and he’s America’s most popular breed. These days the Lab works as a retriever for hunters, assistance dog to the handicapped, show competitor, and search and rescue dog, among other canine jobs