23 Years and Counting!! Labrador Retriever is the No.1 Breed

November 14, 2013 – 07:09 am

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The Labrador Retriever is Top Dog Breed Again…

No surprise. Intro “We are the Champions” please!!. Pound for Pound and still the undefeated reigning champion… the Labrador Retriever is King!

It is no Surprise that the Athletic, Versatile, Lovable and Adorable Labrador Retriever has once again been named America’s most popular dog, continuing the breed’s 23-year streak at the top. In my opinion and I may be a bit biased, the Labrador is the quintessential family dog.

The “Nay” Sayers

Labrador Puppies Labrador Friends of the South Rescue Adoptions 1-10-39The Funny thing is that every year the Labrador wins, they always say that insert dog breed here is the next in line to take the top spot. Well bring it! Oh, and good luck while you are at it too.

The Flip Side

Now there is a flip side to being at the top and that is it only increases the demand for this lovable adorable breed. That means that more Labradors will end up with families that do not do the research before bringing in one into the family. That result is seen by the countless Labs in Rescues every year that are looking for a Forever home. Labrador Retrievers and dogs are a big commitment and should always be treated that way.

  1. we have two labs and your comment is so very true, it is a commitment that you must stick to as it is not always easy raising these energetic pups. They stay forever puppy like their entire lives and rarely slow down. Ours are the everthing dogs…meaning they hang out when it’s cold and wet outside and just chill, ready and eager to play when called upon, great campers, adore children, respectful of each other and just overall the best dogs ever. We have a Yellow (Red Fawn) American Female and Black English. Male.Its a Lab Thing Labrador Friends of the South Brad Angelina-16 These two have their favorite spots to lay in the house so they can keep a watchful eye on folks that pass by, just so they can bark at them. Once our female found her voice she has never stopped. I could go on and on as you already know how fantastic they are in so many ways. Thank you for your posts….Go Labbies!!!
  2. As a trainer, I know that many new lab owners don’t do much training in the beginning. Then adolescence sets in and the dog seems like a wild thing. They ask me why my dog is so calm. He is not calm, he is just trained. If we can do anything to keep labs out of shelters it’s to help their owners get all-positive training. Most labs are around 2-4 when they are surrendered.

    To find a trainer in your area, go to the Association of Positive Dog Trainers: APDT.com
    As you know, labs are big babies. They don’t fare well under harsh training. It’s NEVER too late to teach them something. Since they are puppy-like for a long time, you can channel that energy into training tricks or traditional behavior. They are fast learners, as you already know.

Source: www.itsalabthing.com

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