A social history of Labradors and how they have become the world's most beloved dogs, by writer, presenter and longtime dog lover Ben Fogle, whose beloved black Labrador, Inca, famously accompanied him on numerous journeys and adventures.
Labradors are the most popular breed of dog in the world. Not only great family companions, they also excel at hunting, tracking, retrieving, guiding and rescuing. But where did the breed originally come from? How did it develop? When did black, yellow and chocolate Labradors first appear? Did they really all come from Labrador in Canada, and are they really all related to just one dog?
In this first history of the Labrador, Ben Fogle goes in search of what makes Labradors so special. Their extraordinary companionship, intelligence, work ethic and loyalty are captured by Ben as he weaves the story of the breed into his own story of his beloved Inca. Ben visits Canada, discovers hair-raising stories of early Labrador exploits and uncovers stories of RNIB Labradors and Labradors at war, Labradors as working dogs and every other manifestation of the Labrador's character.
Exploring their origin, early characteristics and use as gun dogs, as therapy dogs, as police dogs, as search and rescue dogs and last - and absolutely not least - as family pets, Ben tells the story of a dog breed which has captured our imagination and love for hundreds of years.
"Passionate and well-researched, this book will make you wag your tail with delight. Woof!" (Tatler)
"A must-read for anyone with an interest in the history of man's relationship to dogs, regardless of breed, and Fogle's typical adventure-style storytelling keeps the narrative light and entertaining." (Independent)
"Funny, entertaining and really rather inspiring, too." (Daily Mail)
"A great escapade told with refreshing frankness." (Independent on Sunday)
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Great book about the Labradoor
The audio book made the story come alive. If I had been reading it I would have missed the history parts out
The best bits were the parts about Inca, Bens dog
All the stories about current dogs
The beginning when Inca was put to sleep. How I cried
Worth every penny
- Lynn Chapman
Excellent east listen
- Gillian McCallum