Want to adopt a Labrador Retrieveror Labrador Retrievermix ? These dogs are in your area!
We would like people to know that Labradors are very happy and will clear the coffee table with their wagging tail. Labradors love people of all ages and are very gentle with children.
Labradors make great service dogs due to their ability to please and learn.
We think it's important for people to understand that while Labs are extremely loyal, great domestic pets and generally have very pleasing personalities, they do require structure, training and lots of exercise. This can be important until the dog is even 8-10 years old as they have boundless energy well into their later years. They do shed a lot and are susceptible to vision, hip and elbow complications so it is important to keep them at a healthy weight.
Tip: Labradors tend to be big chewers and they need lots of exercise to keep them happy and well behaved.
Labrador Retrievers, often referred to simply as ‘Labs’, are typically medium to large dogs with thick coats that can be straight or wavy. Labs often have beautiful, expressive eyes and floppy ears. Some Labrador Retriever mixes may retain these characteristics while others may have a very different appearance. Size, color, coat and even the shape of the head, ears and eyes will vary dependent on the mix.
Labrador Retrievers have a thick double coat, and will shed heavily at certain times of the year due to changing weather. Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes that that have inherited this coat require frequent brushing to minimize shedding. But Labs should be bathed as seldom as possible to avoid removing the natural oils in their coat.
Labrador Retrievers are social by nature and love to have companionship in the form of people or four legged friends. They do well in multi dog households. Labs and Lab mixes are best suited for active families or individuals. The Labrador Retriever loves activity and exercise, and is happiest when retrieving, swimming, or actively interacting with people and other dogs. Labs that are not provided with adequate exercise tend to become overweight and develop weight related health issues such as arthritis.
Those who share their homes with Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes frequently describe them as warm and loving companions who are great with all people, including young children. Most are also very accepting of other animals in the home or on the property. But while the average Lab or Lab mix is happy to sit quietly with its loving people please don’t forget that they need daily exercise and mental stimulation!
Find a Labrador Retriever available near you!
Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Labrador Retriever puppy (or, gasp! find a Labrador Retriever puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Labrador Retriever puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Labrador Retriever (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old Labrador Retriever puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Labrador Retriever rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Labrador Retriever adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Labrador Retriever, even a Labrador Retriever puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a Labrador Retriever puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Labrador Retriever if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your Labrador Retriever would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. Labrador Retriever rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Labrador Retriever you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Labrador Retriever to their family!