very energetic puppies, till about 4 years old. chew chew chew on everything. need training to control them, they can knock people down easily. need lots of exercise. velcro dogs, mine does not like to be alone. friendly, love people. prone to hip dysplasia and elbow problems so be very careful of what breeder you use if you use a breeder rather than rescue or shelter. exercising can be easy because they love to run, fetch, swim, walk, play- but they need a good amount. there are two types- english, more stocky and big boned, less energy. field- very more hyper, taller, thinner. smart but will think "what's in this for me?" with training. i can see the wheels turn in mine's head. very food motivated.
I have a Black Lab named Preston who is almost three. When we got him at six weeks old he was so cute and cuddly. The first night we had him I started to regret buying him. My hubby and I were up all night long with him. The second, third, fourth, and so on I slept in the bathroom on an air mattress. I did this for about two weeks. I totally believe in crate training labs. We had just moved into a new home and he ate the window seals and holes in the drywall. He chewed on our new furniture on rugs, on us! But in all honesty after we fixed everything he has turned out to be a GREAT DOG! I recommend training and there is a great book out there called Labrador Retrievers for Dummies. Good luck in your decision.
P.S. If you can make it through the first three years of a Labs life you will have the best dog ever.
I had a yellow lab that was amazing... BUT, if you don't have a large yard.. forget it. It doesn't matter if you run or exercise, a lab needs his yard. No apartments, condos, townhomes even if you think he will exercising a lot.
-Stubborn -Too smart for his/her own good! -Friendly -HATES to be alone -Hyper -Etremely active, although they can also be couch potatoes sometimes -Good with kids -Curious -Usually trainable -In general, happy dogs. -Bold -High shedders
Looks like you people got your labs from the wrong breeders. Unfortunately, because of their popularity, many breeders don’t pay much attention to temperament and accept this hyperactivity as a trait of the breed which is not. They are active, but shouldn’t be hyper.
a well breed lab is the perfect all around family dog. A poorly bred one can be a nightmare. A poorly bred lab can be very hyper, clingy and distractive when they do not get enough attention and exercise, I have seen plenty of labs that behave as if they got an open bottle of Tabasco sauce stuck up their ass, but not all of them are like that.
I specifically breed my labs to be mellow. I won’t put up with a hyperactive dog and definitely won’t breed it. Those are the dogs that end up in shelters. My adults and their pups are quite calm when they need to be. When in the house, they just lay down quietly minding their own business. They still have plenty of energy when they are outdoors, but they certainly know how to behave indoors and do not have most of the behavioral problems describe above.
mine's not hyperactive, but was VERY enthusiastic as a puppy. and that's normal for a lab puppy, till they are 3 or 4 years old. she came from a good breeder, calm parents, that i researched very well. at age 4 she became a total couch potato. or floor potato, she's not allowed on the furniture. she's now 6 1/2 years. it's more the field labs that are so hyperactive.
I have a golden and he is a member of the lab family. I will tell you if we were to leave him alone, uncrated, I am certain that he would eat my entire couch, as well as all of my other furniture. He is very food motivated, but sometimes can be as stubborn as a mule. HATES to walk on a leash, but will stay right beside me off leash. Very nosey. I live on 5 acres and sometimes wonder if Alex will ever get tired when he is giving his free command. Research the breed BEFORE you purchase or adopt one. If you want one that is out of the puppy stage, check with a lab rescue group in your area. Good Luck!!!
I love my black lab puppy of 8 months, but he realy to much to handle. We tried placing hime in crate to tarin but whne we out he did break 3 cgaes and 4 crates. Has escaped out and pushed his way out screens in my house whne we are weeding the garden out front. He has eaten my blinds and couches when we were out. It's way to much! I have palced and add in the local paper here in Massachusetts and I am going to find him a new home. The dog has come between my husband and I because of his behavior! It breaks my heart!
When I lived in an apartment, the guy accross from me had a huge black lab. He was really well trained and did ok in the apartment. His owner took him for 3 hour walks a day and the pup and rocky played for hours in the courtyard. But this dog had ocd with the ball, he just wouldn't stop. You just couldn't get him tired from chasing the ball. Rocky used to lay there, watching this dog go back and forth for hours. Labs are very smart and need people who can push them, otherwise they can get bored and destructive.