Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever Webbed Feet – What Is It?

Many people wonder what the Labrador Retriever webbed feet is. We have dealt with the question in this article.

Here is the answer in a nutshell:

A Labrador Retriever was bred to be a water dog and has webbed feet. The fine skin between the toes helps the Labrador to move faster in the water and makes it a very good swimmer.

A Labrador loves water and is an excellent swimmer

Why Labrador Retrievers Are Such Good Swimmers

The Labrador Retriever originally comes from Newfoundland and Labrador, a province in Canada.

It was bred here to help fishermen with their work. The dogs pulled the nets and ropes in the water or caught fish that freed themselves from the nets.

For this work, the dogs had to move quickly and skillfully in the water. The webbed feet are used for better water displacement and help them to move forward quickly.

Brown Labrador while training in the water

The tail is the rudder. With the help of its tail, the Labrador can skillfully turn in all directions. It is therefore also known as the “otter tail” and is a characteristic of the breed.The thick fur and additional undercoat provide warmth in the cold water.

Incidentally, the dogs were first transported to the capital of Newfoundland and called ‘St. John's dogs'. It was not until later in England that they got their name Labrador Retrievers and were bred to be hunting dogs here. The Labrador Retriever then came from England to the rest of the world with its friendly and gentle character.

What are Webbed Feet?

The webbing is a fine skin between the toes. It serves to enlarge the area and thus to make swimming more effective. Dog breeds that have a pronounced webbing can usually swim faster and better. Among other things, the pronounced webbed feet between the toes make the Labrador a very good swimmer.

Labrador Retriever webbed feet
Labrador Retriever webbed feet

Other Dog Breeds with Webbed Feet

All dogs have fine skin between their toes, which is normal and natural. However, it is more pronounced in dog breeds such as the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever and Newfoundland dog. Bred specifically for fishermen and hunters to work in the water, these dogs are excellent swimmers.

Hard to believe. The Newfoundland dog is a very good swimmer and is even related to the Labrador.

Here are other breeds that were bred to be water dogs (links to Wikipedia):

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