Of the over 4,000 US war dogs serving in the Vietnam War, 232 were killed in action,[94] and 295 US servicemen deployed as "dog handlers" were killed in action.[95] Dog handler Robert W. Hartsock was awarded the Medal of Honor. Six Labrador Retrievers were killed in action while assigned to the 62nd and 63rd US Army Combat Tracking Teams.[96] During the course of the war the US Army lost 204 dogs, while the US Marine Corps and US Air Force lost 13 and 15 dogs, respectively.

Labrador je snalažljiv i inteligentan, ali i poslušan i privržen pas. Veoma je društven, ali i bezgranično strpljiv. Izuzetno se dobro slaže sa decom i drugim kućnim ljubimcima. Nežan je i pažljiv do te mere da u ustima može nositi živo jaje a da ga ne razbije. Sa druge strane, veliki je i  može biti veoma trapav, kada je u pitanju život u stanu i malom prostoru. Veoma je aktivan i kao mlad pas zahteva dosta pažnje i igre. Iako brzo raste i već sa 6 do 7 meseci smatra odraslim psom, mentalnu zrelost dostiže u dobi od tri godine. Budući da je labrador  pas koji živi da bi bio treniran, njegov temperament će biti pravilno usmeren ukoliko obuka počne što ranije. Bez obzira na sklonost ka učenju, pravilna obuka je od velikog značaja za ovu rasu. U protivnom, labrador će zauvek ostati veliko, nestašno dete koje stalno upada u komične situacije. Neretko ćete ga zateći kako juri u krug najvećom mogućom brzinom, ubrzano grabeći zadnjim nogama, stražnjice spuštene ka zemlji. Ukoliko ga povedete u park, u kišnim danima možete veoma lako biti zatečeni njegovim razdraganim valjanjem po blatu i gacanjem po baricama. U vrelim letnjim danima razveseliće vas skakanjem i igrom sa vodenim prskalicama. Njegovo izraženo čulo njuha namirisaće svaku kosku ili bačeni ostatak hrane, tako da je potrebno voditi računa da ne pojede nešto pogrešno i ne otruje se. U kasnijim godinama uživa u kući i lenčarenju, prateći vas pogledom punim ljubavi i razumevanja "koji će otopiti i najledenije srce". Iako je sposoban za život van kuće, mnogo je srećniji kada vreme provodi u blizini svog gospodara. Sa nasmejanim izrazom lica pratiće svaku vašu reč kojom mu se obratite. Kao pravi čovekov prijatelj voli da ugađa vasniku. Izraženo će biti tužan i patiti ukoliko je zapostavljen. Retko laje. Zbog izuzetne privrženosti ljudima nije baš najbolji pas čuvar. Ne podnosi grubost, ali gotovo nikada ne pokazuje agresivnost i strah. Odličan je pas vodič i terapeutski pas.   


Of the over 4,000 US war dogs serving in the Vietnam War, 232 were killed in action,[94] and 295 US servicemen deployed as "dog handlers" were killed in action.[95] Dog handler Robert W. Hartsock was awarded the Medal of Honor. Six Labrador Retrievers were killed in action while assigned to the 62nd and 63rd US Army Combat Tracking Teams.[96] During the course of the war the US Army lost 204 dogs, while the US Marine Corps and US Air Force lost 13 and 15 dogs, respectively.
When it comes to gifting the dog owner in your life, you know that few things would make them happier than something that either speaks to them as a dog fanatic or directly benefits their pups. Sure, you could get them the usual, tried-and-true calendar of cute dog photos or a fun chew toy and call it a day, or you can go the more unconventional route.
The Lab is America's number one dog, which means there are plenty of people breeding Labs who are more interested in filling the demand for Lab puppies than in breeding healthy dogs with good temperaments. To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they're free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.
Labradors are an intelligent breed with a good work ethic and generally good temperaments. Common working roles for Labradors include: hunting, tracking and detection (they have a great sense of smell which helps when working in these areas), disabled-assistance, carting, and therapy work.[53] Approximately 60–70% of all guide dogs in Canada are Labradors; other common breeds are Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds.[54] Labrador Retrievers have proven to have a high success rate at becoming guide dogs. A study was recently done on how well four different breeds (Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix, and German Shepherds) trained to become guide dogs. In this experiment, German Shepherds had the highest chance of not completing it. Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix had the highest success rate. However, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers had a higher success rate after going through longer training than the training required for Labrador Retrievers.[55][56]
Labradors have a reputation as a very even-tempered breed and an excellent family dog.[5] This includes a good reputation with children of all ages and other animals.[15] Some lines, particularly those that have continued to be bred specifically for their skills at working in the field (rather than for their appearance), are particularly fast and athletic. Their fun-loving boisterousness and lack of fear may require training and firm handling at times to ensure it does not get out of hand—an uncontrolled adult can be quite problematic. Females may be slightly more independent than males.[15] Labradors mature at around three years of age; before this time they can have a significant degree of puppy-like energy, often mislabelled as being hyperactive.[15][47] Because of their enthusiasm, leash-training early on is suggested to prevent pulling when full-grown.[48] Labradors often enjoy retrieving a ball endlessly (often obsessively) and other forms of activity (such as agility, frisbee, or flyball).

In the 1830s, the 10th Earl of Home and his nephews the 5th Duke of Buccleuch and Lord John Scott,[13][14] had imported progenitors of the breed from Newfoundland to Europe for use as gundogs. Another early advocate of these Newfoundland dogs, or Labrador Retrievers as they later became known, was the 2nd Earl of Malmesbury who bred them for their expertise in waterfowling.[13][14]
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