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Labrador Retriever Adoption
What do you need to know before you adopt a Labrador Retriever? We asked the experts!
Rescue Me Labradors says:
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.
Save A Lab says:
Tip: Labradors tend to be big chewers and they need lots of exercise to keep them happy and well behaved.
More about Labradors:
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!