Are Labradors Good Family Dogs?
Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog breed in America. They make up approximately 20% of all households with children. These dogs have been bred for many years to be obedient, loyal, friendly and loving. Many people believe that these traits make them excellent family pets. However, there are some downsides to owning a Labrador.
The first problem is their size. A typical Labrador weighs between 25-40 pounds and they’re usually around 10 inches tall at the shoulder. That’s quite large for a family pet! Also, unlike other breeds such as Great Danes or German Shepherds, Labradors tend to grow much larger than humans do so they don’t fit into small spaces very well and will require lots of exercise just like any other dog.
Another downside is their lack of socialization. Most owners assume that because they’re so docile and gentle, they’ll never bite someone unless provoked. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. Some Labradors are extremely aggressive towards strangers and even other puppies when left alone too long. If you live in a home where your child gets bullied, chances are your child will lash out at another kid if given the chance.
The final problem is the price factor. If you’ve ever owned a dog before, you know they can get sick. They also get hurt. They also get into trouble every now and then because they’re not perfect (neither are their owners). If you want to make sure your dog gets proper health care when they need it and if something unexpected happens, you better have a good amount of money in the bank.
That’s why Labradors make such bad family dogs. While they are great dogs in general, these downsides impact family life in negative ways. If you still want a Labrador, make sure you have someone else watch it or take it to a pet hotel if you have to go out of town!
It’s important to remember that the community has more information concerning are labs good family dogs. You can discover more on forums, local clubs and groups, discussions and blogs. It’s important that you also vote on polls to help the community decide what the best answer is.
It’s also important to remember that nothing is written in stone. While some things are set in a certain way there are always exceptions. If you feel that your dog is an exception then prove it! Show the community what a great family dog you have and how it’s changed your life for the better. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken and sometimes they’re meant to remind us of the importance of having fun.
These rules aren’t set in stone either so feel free to break them if you want!
Good luck and happy lab raising!
Are Labrador Retriever Dogs Good Family Dogs?
Sources & references used in this article:
- Labrador Retrievers for Dummies (J Walton, E Adamson – 2011 – books.google.com)
- Exceptional longevity and potential determinants of successful ageing in a cohort of 39 Labrador retrievers: results of a prospective longitudinal study (VJ Adams, P Watson, S Carmichael, S Gerry… – Acta Veterinaria …, 2015 – Springer)
- Animal regulations: so far, so good; most institutions are reasonably content with new NIH standards but there is concern about forthcoming Agriculture regulations (C Holden – Science, 1987 – go.gale.com)