Labradors are one of the most popular breeds of dogs. They have been bred for their loyalty, love of people and devotion to family. Labradors come in many colors and sizes. There are several types of labradors: Standard, Toy, Miniature, Large/Miniature Pinscher and others. Some other common characteristics include being intelligent, playful and affectionate with children and other animals. They make excellent guard dogs.
There are two main reasons why people adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue organization: They want to get rid of an unwanted animal or they need a pet for medical purposes. If you’re looking for a new companion, here’s some advice on how to choose the right breed for your needs.
The following information is based on our experience as well as research into various books and websites. Please note that there may be differences between the breeds mentioned in this article and those available at your local pet store.
Before you decide which type of dog would best suit your lifestyle, it’s worth taking a closer look at each breed individually. For example, if you like large dogs (over 20 pounds), then the miniature poodle might not be for you. If you prefer small dogs (under 20 pounds), then the giant schnauzer might be out of the question.
When looking for a new dog, most people have certain breeds that they prefer. Ask yourself what you want in a dog and which breeds would best suit your needs. Once you have figured this out, you can begin looking at specific breeds.
Huskies are working dogs and need plenty of exercise. If you already have a good walker or runner, they could potentially make an excellent choice for you. They also love the outdoors! Be prepared for some heavy shedding if you decide to get a husky.
Ash colored on their head and legs with brown, tan and black fur covering the rest of their body. These dogs are friendly and playful. They get along well with children and strangers.
Siberian Huskies are hard-working dogs that originated in Siberia. These dogs are independent thinkers; they don’t always do what they’re told! They’re affectionate with their families, but can be wary of strangers.
Huskies are similar to border collies in that they were bred to work all day. They are intelligent, independent thinkers that need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.
The rat terrier can make a good pet for someone who wants a dog that’s small but bold. They’re also very alert dogs and will bark to let you know if someone is at your door.
The rat terrier gets along well with children and other animals, although early socialization is important so that they grow up not to be too shy or aggressive. Be sure to give these dogs plenty of attention and exercise each day.
These compact, muscular dogs were bred to chase rats and other vermin. They have a wiry coat that is either black and tan or brown and white. The ears are pricked and the face is shaped like that of a fox.
This breed originates in the United States. It’s friendly to everyone and everything, making it a good choice for families with children. They’re very people-oriented dogs that thrive on attention. The coat can be either smooth or long.
The American water spaniel has a curly coat that’s thick and soft to the touch. It is an energetic breed that loves to swim. The ears are long and droop down by its cheeks.
It is sweet and gentle, but lively. It gets along well with children and other animals. This breed does best with someone who has plenty of time to spend with it.
The American water spaniel is an active, energetic breed. It’s a good choice for someone who likes to go on long walks or hikes on a regular basis. They also enjoy swimming. The coat is curly and can be dark brown, black, or gray in color. The ears are long and droop down by the cheeks.
Terriers are a lively, energetic breed that enjoys running and playing. They have a bold, confident nature and can make good watchdogs.
The smooth fox terrier is a confident, smart dog. It has a glossy, sleek coat that’s most commonly black and white or red and white. The ears are pointed and erect.
These dogs were bred to hunt foxes, hence the name. They have a bold, self-confident nature and can make good watchdogs. These terriers need extensive daily exercise and room to run. The smooth coat can be red, black, or tan. The ears are pointy and stand up.
The American Staffordshire terrier was bred from the original English terriers used to pit against bulls for sport. It has a muscular body with a glossy, short coat that’s most commonly blue or red with white. The ears are long and stand up straight.
The Airdale terrier is an exceptionally playful dog that loves everyone, including children and other animals.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Labrador Retrievers for Dummies (J Walton, E Adamson – 2011 – books.google.com)
- Moving technologies from lab to market (SK Markham – Research-Technology Management, 2002 – Taylor & Francis)
- Naskapi: The savage hunters of the Labrador Peninsula (G Sundem – 2012 – Three Rivers Press (CA))
- Recollections of Labrador life (FG Speck – 1977 – books.google.com)