Labrador Retriever are said to be Australia’s favourite dog breed in 2017.
If you’ve always owned this breed of dog or looking to own one, there are some traits about this breed that you may already be aware of, and some you should be aware of.
Labradors are a sporting/hunting breed and are great swimmers, as such they need a lot of mental and physical stimulation.
Why we love Labrador’s
They are so cute!! Apart from that, they are one of the most loyal and loving breeds.
They are flexible and do great with children as well as other pets. They are particularly endearing as they are slow to mature so always feel like they’re a puppy.
Labs are eager to please and are so so clever. I’ll never forget watching my friend try in vain to get her lab, Benny, in to his house. After many attempts, she decided she’d throw Benny’s favourite ball in to his house knowing he’d chase it, and he did. She quickly then closed the door once he was inside. Benny was not impressed. A little while later we let Benny out again and had a play, when it was time for him to go to his house later that evening, my friend thought she’d use the ball trick again thinking it would be the fastest way to get Benny home. Nup! Wrong! He was on to her! From being tricked once, he’d worked out what was going on and wasn’t going to fall for it a second time. THAT is how clever this breed is. This little story identifies a few key traits of the Labrador: Clever, loves playing catch due to its retriever instincts, they have a mind of their own, and super playful.
They’re also eager to please and good natured
What to prepare for
Labradors love to eat, they may eat excessively if left to their own devices so its important not to provide them with too much food at meal time.
They need ALOT of physical and mental activity to stay occupies. Its important to take them on regular walks and if you’re not home with them, rotate toys for them and give them chew toys and treat dispensers to keep them busy. If they get bored, they are likely to get in to trouble.
They LOVE to swim, if you have a pool, fence it high otherwise you’ll need to share the pool
Not suitable for watch dog purposes due to their playfulness
Sheds hair easily
Prone to jumping and pulling on leads
Very important you socialise them at an early age and start obedience training from a young age.
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