We’ve been busy over the last few months with a new addition to our family: FERGUS!
Fergus Mór (Fergus the Great in Gaelic) is a yellow Labrador Retriever puppy who’s brought a lot of love and excitement to our household. Our three year old chocolate Lab, Penny, has adjusted to his arrival better than we could have hoped, and they have lots of fun together, all day long.
One of the reasons we love Labradors is our connection to the breed’s heritage, which began right here on the island of Newfoundland! The St. John’s water dog was recognized by the late 1700s as a breed comprised of many varied dogs brought here by early settlers. Fishermen recognized their usefulness in their trade: the dogs were expert swimmers, easily pulling nets to shore, and could help in many other shoreline tasks. The breed became so popular in the early 1800s that the leading Newfoundland merchants brought several dogs back to Poole, England (where J’s family originated!) The lineage continued its development in England, where an aptitude for retrieving waterfowl was developed in the breed.
The Labrador Retriever is now the most registered breed in North America, and for great reasons; the breed has an exceedingly friendly temperament, they are eager participants in training, and these dogs thrive on attention and activity. They are low-maintenance in terms of grooming (although saved grooming time will be spent vacuuming their fur off everything you own). Fergus’ breeders asked if he could participate in local conformation competitions, and we’ve agreed. He competed in Baby Puppy Class at the Newfoundland Kennel Club All-Breed show last month, and won breed category (uncontested, hah).
Thanks for letting me share way too much info about our new dog, and stay tuned for a post on our newly finished master bath project!! Read more about Labrador Retrievers here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrador_Retriever http://www.labradorretrieverclub.ca/Welcome.html http://www.alllabs.com/labrador-library/history-of-the-lab