You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice house in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s all good either way because you’re content and, well, there’s that app called Tinder nowadays. Yet, despite your apparent success, something’s missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence as researchers and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we’re California dreamin’ about your future Labrador. 

…Labrador Retriver
Whether for gold, fame, or much needed vitamin D, people have been rushing to California for hundreds of years. California is the third longest state, and is home to both the lowest and highest points in the contiguous United States of America (Death Valley and Mount Whitney), symbolizing just how broad the climates and lifestyles come in the Golden State. One thing that unites the entire state, despite terrain and lifestyle differences: much love for the Labrador Retriever.

Labrador Retrievers are the most popular breed of dog in Cali. Sure, they can’t speak, but if they could, we would not be surprised to hear them describe waves as “gnarly,” or ask for their burgers “Animal Style” (inside In-N-Out joke, dude). Being that California is one of the most active states in the country, Labs are a great match—strong, athletic, and down for anything outdoors. Bred for hunting and the outdoors, it’s no surprise labs love the same hobbies that many Californians do: swimming, hiking, and chilling (even hunting dogs need to relax). They have weather resistant coats that bode well for said varying conditions.

Another huge reason Labs are in heavy rotation in California? (Heavy Rotation: Californian expression indicating a large amount of something). They are friendly, adaptable, love to play, and have positive attitudes—pretty much one of the easiest going dog breeds alive. They embody the easy breezy attitude of California, the one thing that holds true across the entire state, no matter the sea level or beach access. Want to shine some California love on a Labrador of your own? Check out these Labrador Retriever rescue resources where you can adopt your new best friend.

Labrador Rescue Resources: 
Bay Area Lab Rescue
Central California Lab Rescue
Labs 2 Love Rescue Northern California


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