Personally I am not a fan. They are definately NOT my favorite breed. I have lots of breeds that I would care to own more than a lab. A lot of them have that real doggy odor. There are other breeds that have less of a doggy odor. I've met many and they have been very nice and affectionate. Sometimes not the smartest thought. They are a very popular breed, which means many people love them.
I personally think Labs are very good pets they are good with people and good for hunting if you like to hunt i dont think you could find a better dogs wantint to please its owner out there then the lab i personally own 4 myself and i love em to death. Also i am a breeder too and have heard nothing but good things about them from my customers
i have a lab who is 6 years old. if they are what you want they are wonderful. you ahve to be able to give them exercise and deal with their energy and size and exuberance. they definitely need training to control them. mine didn't calm down till age 4. now she is the most mellow thing ever. i got a calmer one from the litter. she's sweet, loving, a clown, affectionate, she disciplines the other pets when they are out of line. they can knock kids over. mine doesn't have a doggy smell. she's a real treat to have. i like them.
I've had 2 labs. My 1st one was black and unfortunately died of cancer. She lived in the garage from the time she was about 2 years old; but I;m not sure why - she seemed to shed more than the chocolate one I have now. Gentle and liked to fetch. I'm now on my 2nd lab, it is a chocolate. She lives in the house - personally I think that is the only way to get really close to a dog. She can;t play ball or fetch enough. She has chased my son on his ATV since she was a pup, and we really enjoy her at the lake. She dives right in and goes after whatever we throw out for her.
I also enjoy raising dachshunds - over my lifetime, I've had a total of 10 of them. The labs are easier to housebreak than the small dachshunds are - or at least they seem to housebreak a little younger.
I think before you get a lab or any dog really you should reasurch the dogs your pup will come from, I feel that there ae some breeds this is more important with due to aggresiveness. I have been attacked by 3 black labs and 1 yellow lab, the yellow one went after me and my 3 dogs, the black ones went after just me. They have been bred so heavily lately that some have gone really bad.
None of these dogs were well bred labs, and one of the black labs came from very aggresive parents, the owners later told me. One was an old dog that used to wander the town and he snapped one day, the other was a friends of mine that was a regestered pab, she was confused though, she did bite someone later on though. The yellow came out of its yard where its owner was and attack me my 2 Shiba Inu and my Chow Chow, the chow was gonna kill it, and the guy had the nerve to tell me to keep my dog under control, all of mine were leashed and the stupid lab was running loose. He them blamed the labs actions on the poodle cross he owned saying it gets the lab "all riled up", the poodle was tied up as well.
I find too many lab owners have the attitude that "it's a lab everyone loves labs, why tie him up" I get really PO'ed.
We had one pure bred black lab for 16 years (got her when she was 1). Sheba was a trained hunting dog before we got her, but the only "hunting" she did once with us was to play fetch, frisbee or retreive her dummy. She had a heart as big as all out doors, loved my children, was VERY well behaved and exhibited the Lab trait of being very trained to new behaviors.
Storm was adopted from the local shelter. he was a mix of Lab and Dane and was also a wonderful boy. He was quite a bit larger (needless to say) and much older than the shelter had told us (like by 3 years).
He also had a wonderful temperment and was an all 'round great guy. We sadly lost him to cancer after only 7 years.
Labs are large. They have tails that can knock out a wall when they are excited. They shed. They (like ALL pups) require proper training to make them socially acceptable. I can also tell you that they have lving dispositions and will turn themselves inside out to please their humans.
While they are not the breed for everyone (no dog is), they are wonderful family members for those who understand the breed (as are most breeds).
As for the doggy odor, you are right.. if they are not well groomed they can smell doggy. Since they love the water, there really is no excuse for an owner not keeping them properly cleaned and groomed.
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Theres a few dogs that I adore and the Lab is one of them. Seeing well trained responsive labs in action is a joy but I would never personally want to own one. They just arent what i look for in a dog. I think if you can get one from a reliable breeder and patientlly train it then I think you could be happy with one. I dont like the destructive nature of some high energy labs but not all are like that, some can be real couch potatoes too.
ruffian quote:I have been attacked by 3 black labs and 1 yellow lab, the yellow one went after me and my 3 dogs, the black ones went after just me??
I don't know if people embellish some to make there point?
I have worked with hunting dogs for quite awhile and I can say in over 15 years I have never been attacked by a hunting breed! I have been bit, knocked to the ground, but never attacked where I had to fight off a dog! So I have to wonder at some of these statements! I have owned 2 Labs (Black and Yellow) and worked with 1 chocolate, Hunted with 3 others of various colors and can say that all of them were nice dogs! I'm not saying there are no mean ones.
But come on, 4 Lab attacks???
If you want a Lab ask to see the parents, Look into whether the parents Hips have a OFA Graded good/Excellent, CERF for the eye's, ask yourself do you have the time for exercise? Do your homework and don't buy from a puppy mill, I would also suggest that you buy from hunting background as opposed to show, as I think the temperament is very important to hunters and also important when it comes to breeding hunting lines.