Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in America. As well as being great rescue dogs, they are even better family dogs for families with young children. They are loyal, loving, patient and affectionate. And they love to play.
Labrador Retrievers were originally bred to retrieve pheasants and other birds. They weigh approximately 70 pounds and can grow up to about 24 inches tall. Their coats come in one of three colors, black, yellow and chocolate. There are two types, English Labradors and American Labradors. English Labradors tend to be heavier and more solid than their American counterpart. The taller and thinner American Labradors are more active than the English Labradors.
However, all Labradors love to be active. They love swimming, running and fetching. They love to be with people, especially children. This is one of the reasons Labrador Retrievers make such great family pets. They are rarely aggressive and are happy to be with you no matter what you’re doing.
In fact, Labradors don’t like to be left alone very much. This is an important consideration for busy families that are considering a Labrador for a pet. If a Labrador is left alone with nothing to do for very long, they tend to pursue other forms of activity, such as barking or digging holes.
Labrador Retrievers are very smart and they learn quickly. It doesn’t take much to teach a young Lab simple obedience. But it’s important to teach them to behave while they’re still young. They are so active and boisterous that if they grow into adulthood without learning to behave, they will compound their excitability with bad manners.
What kinds of manners should a Labrador learn? First, there are the simple basic obedience commands, such as come, stay, sit, and lie down. These are simple expectations that make life easier if your dog is obedient. But then there are also other behaviors that are just as basic and just as necessary in order to ensure a peaceful experience with your dog. Labrador Retrievers, when going for walks, will be anxious to get out there are start the fun. They should be taught not to bolt out the doorway but rather wait and walk with their owner. While walking, they should learn not to constantly pull on the leash. This behavior makes taking walks frustrating for the owner.
Owners should spend a lot of time with their Labs when they are young. Not just to curtail bad manners, but also to establish the owner as the leader of the pack. If the Labrador doesn’t recognize the authority in the relationship, they will tend to be uncontrollable and can be destructive by digging holes and tearing up personal items. But if the authority is established early in the relationship, then the Lab will always strive to please his master. When Labs are trained early and effectively, they make some of the best, most loyal, gentle and friendly pets around.