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5. Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever’s outstanding qualities that endears it to people, young and old, include its intelligence, extreme degree of tolerance, patience and protectiveness. It is highly trainable, making it one of the most popular breeds to be used as guide dogs and service dogs. They work well with persons who have disabilities. Aside from being great household pets, Labs are deeply involved in police and military work—search and rescue, detection of explosives, illegal drugs, and contraband. They also excel in agility and obedience tests. Although it possesses a water-resistant double coat, it is generally low maintenance and requires only regular brushing.

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