I have a question for anyone who has a lab or a lab mix. I hear they are great family dogs. We are looking into adopting a mix breed next year from the animal shelter. I am trying to find a dog that is good with kids, and cats. There are lots I have found on petfinder and lab rescue that are good. Can anyone tell me as far as their energy are they really hyper dogs? I am wanting to find a mix breed with a medium to low energy level. I hear that dog some labs are VERY hyper.
My husband's brother and his wife have 2 labs (Blondie & Dagwood) and they are the MOST mellow dogs.. They're rescues who were adopted at different times and are a bit older.. Our dogs (Lucky & Lilly) are littermates and a year old and they are NUTS.. They're constanty hyper..
I think it depends on the training, the socialization, and the age of the dog..
They ARE amazing dogs though.. They're great with our cats.. Sometimes the cats don't appreciate the big sloppy puppy kisses though.. They're great with EVERYONE they meet, once they calm down and stop jumping.. Very low maintenence.. And very smart.. And they really just want to listen to you.. Ours are great til someone new comes into the mix, then they go nuts because its a new person who'll likely rub their bellies.. They do shed, A LOT, and all the time.. My sis in law said she wished she had gotten either one dog, or both black or both yellow.. We already had black, white and orange cat hair everywhere, so what difference did it make if the dogs coordinated with our furniture and carpet?!? You'd see it all anyways!!
Thanks! I am wanting to adopt an older mix breed dog. Around 1-2 years or older. Hoping to find one already house trained. :) Labs are such beautiful dogs. But they do get pretty big! I am trying to find one on the smaller size, around 20-50 pounds or less.
Our family has been owned by labs for many, many years. We currently have a chocolate lab and a black lab mix. Jet (black lab mix) has been with us for almost 7 years and we have had him since puppyhood. He has always let our kids climb and love all over him. He is the most loyal dog and protector. Boone is our chocolate lab that we took in from a cousin that was moving into an apartment and would have to give him to the shelter. I couldn't let that happen so we took him. He is a lovable dog but was definitely dipping from the shallow end of the gene pool when brains were doled out. He is not very bright and we have heard that chocolate labs have a reputation for being stupid. Our lovable Boone is not the brightest star in the sky but my girls adore him. He is somewhat wild when he gets outside but is calm and lazy when he is indoors. I have never had problems with him destroying things in the house. He is a digger and has gotten in trouble for trying to "transplant" some of my flowers but other than that, he's a great family pet.
I don't have labs but my best friend has had labs since the 80s. They are a wonderful breed. My personal experience is that they are a typical puppy when small. But as they mature they are stable and a confident dog. Get ready to play fetch for hours as they are a Retriver. They are intelligent and very trainable. Have a great nose and are very family oriented. If I were ever to switch breeds from Setters to another larger breed Labs would be in that final list. Good luck with your search!
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
As long as you spend sufficient time with the dog before you make the decision, you should be able to find one that fits your family's personality.
You mentioned wanting one 1-2 yrs old... that is young in lab life. They mature slowly, and often slow down more toward 3 yrs old. If you shoot for a 3-4 year old one, you are more likely to get that good 'ol laid back lab personality.
As long as they are sufficiently exercised, they should be calm. Mine gets out 2-3 times a day. She starts getting that look in her eye and I know she needs to run off some energy, so we head for the door! I try to not let her hit her "frustration point" which is where good dogs go bad! ;) A tired dog is a happy dog, and I think that people think labs are meant to lay at their feet. Which is not true. They are working dogs.
I love my lab more than I love anything! She has changed my life! I never knew a dog could be so perfect! ;) Of course, we all say that, don't we? --- Add: my dog is the smallest "lab" I have ever met, and she is now hitting 65 lbs.... they tend to pudge out. So if you find anything that weighs much less than 50, it have very little lab in it. Sorry, they are a large dog. they shed a lot, too. And boy do they take up a sofa.
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
Ours were over 50lbs at 7 months!! They are by no means small or even medium sized dogs.. They're a large breed.. Lucky has grown into his weight by getting a bit taller, but Lilly's only grown in width.. She's our little sausage :)
i agree with the above poster who made the comment about the choc labs being "not so bright" lol. it also seems that they tend to have a more skittish personality.
if you want a "calmer" lab, if there is such a thing lol, stay away from field bred lines, look more into show lines.
the average size for a lab is between 60 and 75 pounds. however, a co worker of mine had a female black lab that just hits 50 pounds. she is very tiny for a lab, but she is pure and not mixed. though comes from a BYB. she may even wiegh slightly more than 50 pounds, but she is very short in stature. she is a very sweet dog and raring to go and play anytime you are ready and willing. she is calm in the house but she gets lots of exercise during the day which i believe helps alot with this breed.
just be careful where you go to get one if you go the breeder route instead of adopting. they are sooo overbred that their temperments and health vary greatly !
good luck !
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I don't have a Lab, but my mom has a chocolate female and my agility teacher has a chocolate male. They are both very smart dogs. They are also very big dogs. A lot of my neighbors have labs. Most are good, but the one next to us hates men. So when shes out front (off leash) my teen son has to be careful if he doesn't want to get hurt. Their knew when they got her she didn't like men so I don't know how the rescue group didn't figure out in two minutes with my neighbors that they where clueless and careless about dogs. The only dog that ever bit my brother was a black lab.
Its all in the training, socialization, and upbrining by the owners. Labs are one of the most friendly breeds there is, but the last dog I have had come after in and try to bite was a lab. The dog was left to run at large through the neighborhood, no training, no real human contact. The dog would literally charge you, not allow you out of the car, and chase after you if you got out. I had a bag I put between us once, and he latched ahold of it.
Definitely not a breed charactersitic of a lab, but bad owners have the ability to screw up any breed.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
We adopted a stray at 14 weeks that is Lab/Rott mix. She is now 4 years old and has calmed down of late but I believe alot of that is from finding a pet park to take her to so she can romp and play with other dogs. We were told to expect her to get to 50-60 pounds but she is now topped out at 95 pounds despite being the tiniest thing as a puppy. Despite her size and having the markings of a Rott, she has the personality of a lab and just thinks everyone wants to be her friend. Even little children love to pet her, although we make her lay down for that. Parents don't get as worried and she doesn't always know her own size. She is plays with the cat and even the ferrets are safe from intentional harm from her (we supervise cause if she just rolled over on one...). She can be as much of a hunter outside as a cat. She has caught out of midair birds flying by and wild rabbits from our backyard. I wouldn't trade her for the world and think she has the best qualities of both breeds.
I have a Fox Hound/Lab mix,his name is Odie.He is so cute!They are so loving,and if you get a female they are more laid back.Males are more hyper.But all of them,if they sence danger they will protect you.
If you want a rainbow,you have to put up with the rain.
You can find Lab mixes out there in the 20-50 lb weight range, depending on the size of the non-Lab mate. I knew a little black Lab mix that was probably half Beagle. She looked like a 4-5-month-old Lab puppy (with slightly longer ears) all her life and was a marvelous family dog. She wouldn't go near water at all, though, even though they lived right on a lake.
I never heard chocolate Labs were supposed to be the dimmest of the three colors. My chocolates were way smarter than my yellow. In fact, my yellow Lab Camilla inspired a whole raft of dumb blonde jokes when she was a puppy. Are there any other dog breeds where coat color is considered some kind of genetic marker for intelligence?
***Edited By: JoanEK on 4/22/2007 5:13:11 PM*** Reason: added
My brother has labs as does his friend next door. I have notice that the blacks are very hyper, while the yellows are more calm with the chocolates some were in the middle. I have a border collie/lab mix, but I think she is more border collie. She was never very hyper, and didn't go thru the chewy stage that my sisters lab did. Her lab ate a couch and love seat, my dooney, her doc's, as well as the cords to many expensive electornics. She was weird, if you have cheap things out she didn't mess with them, she only wanted the high price stuff. now my goldens never reall had a chewy stage. And I have notice on goldens the light the color the more hyper they are and they have a longer puppy stage. My dark golden was never hyper, very well mannered and need very little training. But my light golden is very hyper, and still will not sit on command.