Labrador Retrievers are the most popular breed of dog in the country. They are active, fun-loving, easy to train, generally good with children, fairly low-maintenance, and generally very friendly with strangers. Most labs and lab mixes have the philosophy that "a stranger is a friend I haven't met yet."
That said, they NEED exercise and mental stimulation. They crave human contact and many of them don't take well to being shut up in the house alone and with with nothing to do for eight to ten hours a day. Believe me, they will FIND something to do.
They shed hair all over the place. The hair is short, slightly oily and sheds water beautifully. The lab's hair can end up in a brush or in your house, your choice.
You might want to read the book, "Marley and Me" to see what a really hyper lab can do to someone's life.
Rescue groups and shelters are literally chock full of wonderful lab mixes of all sizes just longing for a home where someone will pet them, brush them, play fetch with them, take them on walks (or jogs!!), and let them watch television on the couch with them in the evenings.
If you are willing to invest the time and energy that such a dog needs, you couldn't have a more loving companion.
They shed more than just alot, this time of year, after one day, you'll have dog hair carpet, plus they're terrible at the puppy age. Give them an inch and they take two miles. Plus they need alot of excersize, they keep going even after you pass out. Plus they eat everything in site, no matter what it is.
Well I think we would need to know a little bit more about YOU before we go and give advice on if you would be able to have one, not saying you cant go get one I mean go right ahead they are wonderful dogs very loving, affectionate, and very weel tempered I think!
"Dogs arent our best friends...were their best friends...."
“Marley and Me” will be a movie soon. With the "World's Worst Dog” in its title, I am not sure if this movie will be yet another good free publicity for labs, or if it will single-handedly put an end to the popularity it had for the last 16 years of being on top.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
We have a Black Lab and a Doberman Pinscher. They are both still puppies, and let me tell you, they are just as much as a handful as kids are! Our Lab is so friendly and he goes crazy whenever he is around people. And yes, our Lab was very destructive. At the time we did not keep him in a crate because my husband thought it was inhumane. We kept our Doberman in a crate, because well, technically it is my dog and I chose to keep him in a crate. Anyways, our Lab ruined our carpet right outside the door, he chewed through our cabinets, he chewed through the wires to our garage door opener, he jumped his gate and chewed up random things in our house. After the carpet incident, my husband finally decided to crate him. Thank goodness, because its already going to cost a lot of money to fix what our Lab has tore up. And yes, he sheds non-stop! We vacuum everyday, but there is dog hair everywhere. You can pet him and your hand will be covered with hair. He really is energetic. From the time we let them out of their crates, to the time we go to sleep, they are just playing with each other. It's amazing how much stamina they have. And yes the Lab was quite easy to house train. I think by the time he was three months he stopped going in the house. We kept him in the spare bathroom, and he would literally jump in the bathtub and do his business. He never pooped in the house, so that is definitely a good thing. We got both the dogs to sit at the door if they need to go out. Labs are great dogs, they really are. I think Dobermans are great dogs as well, you just have to decide whether you can fit into a Labs lifestyle. I wouldn't trade our Lab for nothing in the world. No matter how destructive he is, we are absolutely in love with him!
"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions" - Confucius
omg get one hands on. my aunt has two of them and they are great. but its gonna be kinda hard as puppies because trust me, they get into everything they see. but they are so funny and act like clowns sometimes when they dont mean to be. well right now my aunt has a 2 yr old male lab(buster) and an 8 wk old female lab(jenny). buster, even though hes 2, hes still has the puppy in him. thats what it is about labs, they havent matured yet until there the age of 3-5. but he is a good dog, he obeys us, hes very good on a leash & in public places. when we go for walks or to petsmart, he ignores all the other dogs like hes better than them, he wont even give them a sniff when they pass by or if ones barking at him, he'll act like he cant hear it.lol. but jenny is still a baby and has alot of energy but once they burn that energy off by letting her play outside, shes falls right to sleep by the time she gets inside. i know its gonna be tough raising these dogs but its all worth while in the end.TRUST ME!!! oh and they tend to dig in there water bowl like if there something underneath it.lol. right now buster is sitting in his big bucket of water as i type.lol. well GOOD LUCK!!!! and post a forum when u've made up your mind to keep us informed. take care. ill try to show u a video of my aunts labs when i can.
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