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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"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)
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
Can't read the print version so can't comment.
Can't compare it to any other book I've read.
When Ben and inca first met Kate Humble and Inca runs straight through the house and into the fish pond, also Inca singing to the rats.
I thought this book was well read but it jumped around too much between the history of the Labrador and ben's own history with Inca. I wish the history of the breed had been dealt with first, then Ben's own experiences. still an interesting listen though for someone who doesn't like dogs much.
Great book full of wonderful insights regarding Labradors and their background. Written and read by Ben Fogle who clearly also adores all things Labrador. Being a Labrador lover myself, this was a great find and I shall return to it many times over. Thanks Ben!
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