The Labrador Retriever is a gentle and loving family dog. The breed’s exuberance is enchanting but results in a pup that’s got to be properly trained and well-exercised to remain calm when you need him to. If you’re prepared for the sidewalk or — preferably — the dog park to become your second home, you’ll have a happy dog who will reward you with plenty of affection.
Male: 65-80 lbs.
Female: 55-70 lbs.
Labrador Retrievers are natural athletes and thrive with ample exercise, so plan on hitting the streets or an off-leash dog park for at least an hour a day. Your Lab will enjoy retrieving tennis balls pitched with a ball launcher.
While drooling shouldn’t be much of an issue, Labs do shed. A weekly brushing will remove loose hair and help keep shedding under control for most of the year. In the spring, when their dense undercoat sheds profusely, you may want to brush your dog daily in order to spare your furniture the deluge of dog hair.
Barking and Volume:
Labradors will bark on occasion but excessive noise is not usually an issue with this breed.
Labrador Retrievers are not difficult to train, but due to their considerable size and exuberant nature a basic obedience class is advisable. You may even find that you and your dog enjoy the class so much that you want to keep progressing through the levels. While Labradors are known for their gentle temperaments, their intelligence can get them into trouble if they are bored. Obedience training can be a great way to help keep your pup stimulated.
Health Factors: Labradors are susceptible to elbow and hip problems as they get older and are prone to obesity. * Acquiring your puppy from a responsible breeder and keeping them active will help minimize risks.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class is a good start.
Labradors are fairly tidy but weekly brushing will minimize shedding and help maintain a healthy coat. Extra brushing may be required in the springtime.
Labradors are wonderful family dogs and, with early socialization, can be relied upon with children of all ages.
Friendliness Towards Animals
Labradors get along well with dogs and other pets, although it’s always a good idea to use caution when introducing new housemates.
Friendliness Towards People
Labrador Retrievers are devoted to their families but also love meeting new people. If you’re looking for a guard dog, it’s best to keep looking! Without proper training, Labs may express their enthusiasm by jumping up on people and so it’s a good idea to lay the ground rules early.
BE PREPARED FOR: An intelligent, athletic dog that will make a great addition to the family… if you don’t mind spending a considerable amount of time at the dog park.