English Labrador Retriever as Pet

10 reasons why Labrador Retrievers make great family pets

November 18, 2014 – 08:50 pm

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I grew up in a house full of Labrador Retrievers, so I'm a little biased to the breed, but there are many reasons why Labs make for great family pets.

  1. They are highly biddable which means they aim to please, and are relatively easy to train. Labs respond well to clear guidelines and are quick learners. They do best with a little bit of structure and can get into just a little trouble when left to make their own decisions.
  2. Their dispositions lend themselves well to family life and they are typically quite good with children. When socialized thoroughly as puppies, they adapt to pretty much any situation you can put them in. They're steady dogs and quite gentle.
  3. Labrador Retrievers don't require a lot of grooming, but they do shed quite a bit seasonally. Just an occasional bath is all they need, a bi-weekly coat brushing, a nail trim, and they're in business. You won't need to visit the groomer every three to four weeks like with some other dog breeds.
  4. Labs don't tire particularly easily and they're great adventure companions on camping trips and other outdoor activities. They are happiest when they get plenty of exercise, whether it be hiking up a mountain, or playing with the kids in your backyard.
  5. They are happiest when they're at your side. Most Labs have lap-dog syndrome and are totally unaware of their size when it gets to be quiet time. They will happily crowd the bed if you let them, and will try to sit as close to you as possible on the sofa, if not on top of you.
  6. They make for great shop vacs and will happily help you out with the kitchen floor should you drop a scrap or two while cooking. Beware though, should they get used to handouts at the table, they are remarkably difficult to resist and quite persistent beggers. If this is highly undesirable behavior for you, never introduce the idea.
  7. Labs are silly creatures. If you've ever seen a Labrador at the dog park you know what I'm talking about. When they're having a blast running around they get this creepy low-butt-to-the-ground posture as they sprint like maniacs. Their ears flip inside out and they look quite ridiculous. They also are totally lazy when they sit down. Their top half looks pretty and proper while their bottom half is a disaster, legs splayed out to the side in an ultra sloppy fashion.
  8. They take work time as seriously as play time, and sometimes it's difficult to differentiate between the two. It would seem that every third Labrador Retriever born gets the die-hard must-retrieve-things-all-the-time-gene...

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