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Fur Baby 101 – Should I Get A Labrador Retriever?

Get a Labrador RetrieverWant a great dog?  Get a Labrador Retriever, maybe.

The most popular breed in America (and the United Kingdom) is no surprise at all. Millions of people have gone out to get a Labrador Retriever!

This is no surprise because the Lab has held the top spot in America’s heart for twenty five years straight, according to the American Kennel Club.   With a lifespan of 12 to 14 years, these medium sized fur babies will be around for the long haul.  However, they are not for everyone!

 

From adorable puppies:

Sleepy Lab Puppy (reuse-mod)

This isn’t even my final form!

To handsome adults.

black Labrador Retriever

Virtually every owner of a Labrador Retriever raves about “their fur-baby.”  Ask them and they will say “Get a Labrador Retriever!”  These owners (and there are millions of them) will go on to rave about how smart, how loyal, how protective (when they are not off chasing something), how caring and what a great family dog a Lab is.  (Don’t even get them started on how good looking their lab is.  They won’t stop.)  These owners will also mention that the breed loves to romp, play and have fun with their people.

Why NOT Get a Labrador Retriever?

Well, we just said it in the previous paragraph.  These dogs were bred to run through the fields and swamps.  They NEED a place to bleed their excess energy.  Expecting a Lab to always be calm and sedate is like asking water to flow uphill.  They just gotta GO!  If you can’t play with them and don’t have a place for them to play and romp then you probably shouldn’t get a Labrador Retriever.  It wouldn’t be fair to you or your fur-baby.

You will also find that a Lab’s idea of cuddling is to be a “lap” dog.  They will place their 60 plus pounds in your lap and give you kisses (errrr laps) forever.  It is definitely hard to read a book or do anything when you have that much love in your lap.

One other thing..  Lab’s do shed.  If you are a neat freak then you probably should not get a Labrador Retriever.  You will find hair ball behind the sofa and under you bed that have definitely reached their expiry date.

Lab Retriever 2 (Reuse-mod)

The Labrador Retriever is Not Just A Family Dog

When agencies look for assistance dogs, Labrador Retrievers are a very popular breed in many countries.  Labradors are frequently trained to

  • Aid the blind
  • Partner with people with autism
  • Act as therapy dogs
  • Perform screening for law enforcement
  • Perform detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies.[Via Wiki]

Labrador Therapy Dog

Labrador Retriever Characteristics

Light on grooming and generally healthy, the only downside to a Labrador Retriever is their energy.  You need a yard or a place for them to play. Like so many sporting and working breeds, the Labrador Retriever doesn’t really have a ‘stay’ setting.  Their life span is about 14 years.  They play well with children.  Labradors are medium-large, with males typically weighing 65 to 80 pounds  and females 55 to 70 pounds.  The have a great sense of smell. They come in several colors such as black, yellow, and chocolate.

Friendly, active, and outgoing, a Labrador Retriever may just be the fur baby for your life.  If so, make sure to work with your vet to ensure your fur baby has a full, healthy, happy life.

chocolate labs

 

(Via AKC)

We love Labs (may contain nuts) and if you have the time and space, we are sure you would too!

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