Nicknames: Marmar, marsbar, marmooshka, martard, Your Marjesty, Marles in Charge, The Marjestic, Marles Barkley, Marleyjuana, Marcycle, The Mooshka
Birthday: June 20th 2007
Likes: Food (dog, cat, hamster, guinea pig, human), swimming, and sleeping (especially in beds)
Pet-Peeves: None. The dog has no care in the world. He even LOVES the vet.
Favorite Toy: fresh bones
Favorite Food: besides his dog food I would say Popsicles
Favorite Walk: Folly Beach or the Folly restaurants
Best Tricks: Playing 'gamecock' a.k.a. playing dead/Making you feel guilty with his eyes
Arrival Story: Came across him in the classifieds the summer after losing my first lab, Champ. After doing alot of research I purchased Marley. I didnt get to pick him out as he was reserved for me a few hundred miles away. All I knew is that he was English bloodline, AKC registered, and not from a puppy mill. I couldnt have asked for a better dog. From day 1 you could tell he was special.
Bio: I hate to call labs English or American bc it is very inaccurate. A lab should be a lab. It should display all the characteristics of the breed standard. Thank goodness lab genes are dominant and they are the perfect retriever not allowing show standards to affect them. Labradors were perfected in England through importation and breeding of the ever loyal and extinct St Johns Water Dog. It is from this genetic foundation that gave rise to labs. The term English lab today refers to the more thick coat, block headed, otter tail labs. The American lab refers to the field trial labs. These are both incorrect bc both in England and America, labs were bred for field retrieving and water retrieving. It all depends on what the dog was bred to do. Thick coated, otter tail having, block headed, St Johns Dogs were used to retrieve fishing nets from cold icey water. These were more working type dogs. This stuck with the Earl of Marlmesbury dogs who he called 'Labradors' or Lesser Newfoundland Dogs. He specifically bred his style 'Labradors' for duck hunting. By a chance meeting between the Earl of Homes, Earl of Marmelsbury, and Duke of Buccluech, dogs were given to Buccleuch kennels to continue a pure breed of St Johns Dog/Labrador. Eventually the black coat dominated the white mouth, white paws, and tuxedo markings forming an all black dog. However, reports had been made for centuries and the first Sire of Labradors, Buccleuch Avon, produced 'liver colored pups' or chocolate labs (Although not desired and removed from breeding). Newfoundland sheep production formed dog restrictions combined with later English animal quarantine led to the downfall of the St Johns Dog. However, St Johns Dogs were bred into Labrador lines up until the 1940s to keep the line pure. The St Johns Water Dog went extinct around 1980. However, the gene can still manifest in some labs and mixed labs. This is the white paws and tuxedo markings that you see.
**It has been documented that the St Johns Water Dog would dangle his white tipped paws over the side of fishing boats to attract fish. How amazing!
Marley: Marley is the most loving dog I have known. He just wants to love on people especially new faces. He also loves sleeping by your side and showing tons of affection. Like a typical lab, Marley has never had a bad day. His tail is constantly wagging. So hard in fact, that most of the time his butt wiggles with it. There is not one ounce of aggression in his soul. The only drawback is that he thinks hes a 10lb lap dog and tries to cuddle with you like one. Nothing says 'good morning' like waking up to a full grown labrador laying across your chest and staring you in the face.