Labradors are very sociable dogs, and love being around people. They are always ready to accompany you in a light jog , a vigorous hike or a game of fetch. The lovable lab is a friendly, patient and loyal companion for anyone. They adore activity and love being the centre of attention.
The Look of a Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers come in black, chocolate and a golden yellow. They have a wide head with pendant ears and loving yet alert eyes. Labs have a thick nose with a broad muzzle and quite sturdy necks. They have a short but thick coat that is water-resistant. They have an otter-like tail which tapers at the end. They also have slightly webbed feet which make them excellent swimmers. Labs are sturdy, well built dogs. They are naturally slim but if they are not exercises regularly they can become quite heavy.
What They Are Like to Live With
Labs are a perfect friendly house pet, they are not aggressive, sulky, territorial or destructive. However, a Labrador Retriever’s affability can become a bit out of control later on if not addressed as a puppy.
Labs are easily trained due to their natural patience and obedience, Due to their friendly nature, they are not the best guard dogs. Even though they are not the best watchdogs, Labs have a great instinct and great sense of smell. Being naturally patient and obedient, but they are probably not the best guard dogs. They tend to welcome newcomers rather than bark at them. Labs are very quiet, barking only at unknown sounds, but they may bark protectively if a stranger approaches your home.
Around the house, Labs are lively and good-natured. They enjoy playing with children and other dogs, so they make excellent family pets. They love being involved in family events and joining social occasions. Labs enjoy attention and companionship, they are good at sharing and respecting space with others.
Labradors do have a tendency to get bored easily when left alone in the house for long periods, so try to avoid this. This can lead to you Lab being lifeless or destructive from a lack of love and attention. Labs are happiest and healthiest when they get a lot of exercise and outdoor activities.
Things You Should Know
The life expectancy for Labrador Retrievers is normally about 10-12 years. They have few health problems, but can be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, ear infections and eye disorders. Labs that are overfed and don’t get enough activity may get quite overweight. It’s essential that Labs get daily exercise along with appropriate food servings.
If possible, Labradors need quite a large yard to get appropriate exercise. They can manage in an apartment, as long as they get regular walks and activities.
But in a fenced-in yard Labs can get a little stir-crazy. They are curious creatures, they need companionship and on occasion are known to break through a fence or even jump over it. Because of this, dog experts recommend clearly marked tags for Labs, and in some cases a traceable microchip implant.
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