Labradors are very friendly dogs. They love everyone and will always give their best effort. Their natural instinct is to please their master, but they have been known to show off when it comes to showing off! (But don’t worry, it’s all good!) They are a little bit stubborn at times, but not nearly as much as some other breeds. They do need time with training and socialization before they’re ready for the big world of life!
They are very intelligent and playful. They learn quickly and are great companions. They make wonderful family pets, especially if you keep them indoors most of the time!
There are many different types of Labrador Retrievers, each with its own personality. Some are laid back while others like to run around a lot. Some prefer to stay inside while others enjoy being outside most of the time.
There is no wrong way to raise one!
As with any dog, they must be housebroken. If you live in a warm climate, then your Labrador may even thrive in a heated home environment. However, if you live in a cold climate or are raising one that doesn’t mind living outdoors, then they’ll probably do just fine too!
Just remember to give them warm bedding and a doghouse to sleep in at night. Also, be sure to keep their food bowl full of fresh water at all times.
Labradors are one of the most loving breeds and always make excellent companions!
How to get the best out of a Labrador?
They are very playful dogs that love playing, running around and just fooling around. They need to have things to do and places to go.
The one thing you want to avoid is for them to become bored. If they get bored they will get into trouble. They are very smart dogs and if they get bored enough they will figure out how to get what they want.
This could be anything from digging under a fence to jumping over it to getting a chair and standing on it to reach something they want.
Labradors do best when they have a task and know what is expected of them. While some people training them to do circus tricks, they also do very well at search and rescue or guiding for the blind.
How to keep a lab happy?
Labs like all dogs need daily exercise. A daily walk around the block won’t cut it. They need a good run in a safe area or a large yard. A game of fetch is always fun and chasing a ball or especially playing tug-o-war is great too.
Labs love to please their owners and want you to be happy so training them requires a lot less effort than you might think. In fact they are also very social creatures and enjoy interacting with their owners and humans in general.
They do very well in obedience competitions and agility events. They love the attention and will work hard for a pat on the head and some praise.
Because they love social interaction and praise they do very well in therapy work.
Last but not least they are very protective of their owners and families. It is not uncommon for someone to abuse a Labrador and then find themselves bitten. This isn’t done out of malice but out of love and the need to protect those that are weaker than themselves i.e.
The Labrador Retriever is one of the larger breeds of dogs and this includes their head. They have broad, flat skulls and their muzzles are slightly longer than those of a Poodle or a Golden Retriever. They also have strong necks and their heads are shaped like a squared-off football.
Their jaws are well defined and the both the top and bottom teeth are visible even when their mouths are closed.
They have good sized eyes that are either brown or hazel in colour. They have strong cheek bones and a well defined stop. The head is somewhat oval in shape.
The ears are thick and supple and they hang down naturally.
The neck is slightly arched and their shoulders are wide and well developed. The tail is thick at the base and tapers to a point and is carried high. The legs are heavily boned and powerful looking.
The coat of a Labrador is short, smooth and dense. Coat colours come in three variations, black, yellow and chocolate. There are also other less common colours including grey, white and silver.
The black and yellow Labradors tend to have more brown colouring over their eyes and noses.
They can grow a bit of a beard around their mouths, especially the males, but this is fairly uncommon. Their ears will always have some amount of yellow hair growing inside of them.
Their nails and dewclaws are always black.
The average height of an adult male is 24-26 inches, while the average height of an adult female is 22-24 inches. Their weight generally varies from 65 to 80 pounds.
As mentioned before, labs are one of the most popular breeds in the United States. This means that you will be very likely to meet one wherever you go.
This also means that if you decide to get a lab, you need to be aware that there are many, many other labs around and this can lead to rivalry and fighting. It’s very important that you socialize your dog with other friendly canines.
This breed is very friendly and needs to be around people, though generally, they don’t like being alone for long periods of time. This is not an independent type of dog, it thrives on human companionship.
They are also very intelligent and if you choose this breed, you need to be a firm, but fair master. They respond very well to positive reinforcement. If you are an inexperienced owner, it’s best to start with a younger dog as they tend to have less health issues and they are easier to housebreak.
They can suffer from obesity more than some other breeds so be careful about their food intake.
They are a good dog for first time owners and family pets. Though they do have a habit of chewing things, especially footwear.
Their short coats only need an occasional brushing, especially during shedding season. They also tend to have bad breath so make sure to give them chew toys so that they don’t start chewing your favourite shoes.
Also, when playing in the water, make sure that they shake off all excess water. Their coats tend to not dry very quickly so they can get cold and develop health problems if they are soaked for too long.
The labrador retriever was originally bred by the Earl of Malmesbury in England in the 1800s. He wanted to create a dog that would assist fishing parties by retrieving fish that had fallen back into the water. He crossed a number of different retrievers and other types of dogs to get the breed that we see today.
The dogs were brought over to North America by English immigrants. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1917.
The name labrador retriever comes from their main use of retrieving game such as ducks and geese from water bodies. Labrador is the name of the region in Canada where the dog became especially popular among hunters and fisherman because of its excellent swimming abilities. The retriever part of their name comes from their original purpose of retrieving game.
There have been many movies and TV shows that feature the lab, which has made it one of the most popular breeds in the world.
They are the most popular breed of dog for guide dogs for the blind as well as sniffer dogs for customs and police departments. They are also great search and rescue dogs.
If you have children, this is a very good family dog and it has great relations with kids.
This breed is also one of the most popular therapy dogs due to its friendly nature and patient disposition. It can visit sick or disabled people to help them feel better.
If you want a dog that is great with families and children, is a loving and loyal companion, is good with other dogs, cats and even birds and enjoys swimming, then the labrador retriever is a great choice.
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