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All About the Labrador Retriever

Sweet little Lab puppy sitting in a bucket wearing a red hanky with a blue background.

The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States. Maybe it’s because of how friendly they are to all walks of life, how reliable they can be as assistance dogs, or how easy they are to train. Whatever the reason, for many people a Labrador is a perfect four-legged companion to have around the home for many reasons.

To celebrate this wonderful breed, we want to talk about their traits and characteristics. If you are thinking of opening up your home to a Labrador Retriever keep these facts in mind in order to be sure that a Lab is the right fit for your household. Do you already have this popular dog breed in your family? Tell us about him or her on our Facebook page. There are many things to know about the Labrador Retriever and we’ve likely missed a few. Feel free to tell us what you know! As a reminder, no two dogs are exactly alike. This is just a generalization about Labrador Retrievers.

About the Labrador Retriever:

  1. They are said to be one of the easiest breeds to train due to their intelligence level.
  2. Most Labs love attention and activity on a regular basis, especially when they are young. Taking regular walks and playing fetch is a great way to bond with and entertain a Lab.
  3. Labradors have a reputation of being good with children.
  4. Put your shoes or small toys up if you don’t want to get them chewed on. Labs love to chew things and can be relentless about it. Having ample amounts of chew toys around the home might be a helpful idea.
  5. Labradors have a big appetite and have been known to sneak food off of the counter when not properly trained not to.
  6. You’ll be able to teach this smart breed many tricks.
  7. Labs might bark or whine when they are left alone or when they don’t get what they want. They are just communicating and sometimes doing it loudly.
  8. This breed of dog will shed because they have two coats of hair. They will shed their coat twice a year.
  9. A lot of Labradors love to swim. Taking them to visit the lake to play fetch is almost always a fun activity for this type of dog.
  10. Labradors are not necessarily great guard dogs because they trust people and are often times friendly with strangers. They will, however, most likely bark at someone walking by or on the front porch.
  11. Labs can get very big in size. The average weight for female Labs is about 55-70 lbs. Males can reach up to 80-100 lbs. It is not uncommon to have an overweight Lab, since they love to consume food at impressive speed. Be sure to keep food out of their reach, except off course at their dinner time.
  12. Most Labradors have a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years.

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