The Labrador Retriever is a hardy, eager-to-please dog breed who lives for action and their owner’s attention. Labs, as their enthusiasts colloquially call them, are the perfect dog for an active person or family who is willing to devote proper time to training.
If you’re considering a purebred Lab, know they’re available in three colors: black, yellow, and chocolate. But color doesn’t impact temperament (even though some claim it does)–it’s more important that potential owners thoroughly research the breed and actively seek out a reliable, professional breeder. A reputable breeder is dedicated to the breed’s health and ensures all puppies are temperament tested and conform to the Lab’s impeccable standards.
But remember: Those sweet-faced puppies grow into curious, active adults who aren’t content spending all day on the couch. Labs are active working dogs with a strong athletic drive. If their need for activity isn’t satisfied, they may find destructive ways to entertain themselves. Swimming, dock diving, and hiking are fun ways to get both you and your dog exercise.
Labs respond well to training and readily await instructions from their owners. They’re quick to learn new behaviors and, if taught early and consistently, will quickly learn their new home’s rules. This is an excellent trait, since Labs are happy, exuberant dogs who forget that they’re considered a medium-to-large sized breed. Controlling them with gentle, assertive training is essential.
Aside from training, Labs are low maintenance dogs who do best with weekly brushing and an occasional bath. If they’re not frequently walked on pavement or sidewalks, their nails will need regular trimming. Don’t forget to brush their pearly whites with a good quality chew or dog toothpaste.
Labs are loving additions to the right home. They’re silly and fun, gentle with children, and always ready to be part of the crowd. If this sounds like the right dog for you, find a great breeder near you.