Labrador: The Story of the World's Favourite Dog

  • by Ben Fogle
  • Narrated by Ben Fogle
  • 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book about the Labradoor

Would you consider the audio edition of Labrador: The Story of the World's Favourite Dog to be better than the print version?

The audio book made the story come alive. If I had been reading it I would have missed the history parts out


What was one of the most memorable moments of Labrador: The Story of the World's Favourite Dog?

The best bits were the parts about Inca, Bens dog


Which scene did you most enjoy?

All the stories about current dogs


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The beginning when Inca was put to sleep. How I cried


Any additional comments?

Worth every penny

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- Lynn Chapman

Excellent east listen

I loved this book. Heart warming and full of interesting facts about labs. Ben reads it well.
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- Gillian McCallum

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited