Find Labrador Retriever dogs and puppies for sale and adoption. Buy, sell, adopt and advertise here. Continue reading to learn more about Labrador Retrievers, otherwise known as Labs and consist of Black Labs, Chocolate Labs and Yellow Labs.
Popularity: Extraordinarily popular;
Trainability: Please take note that without early socialization and obedience training, you may find yourself with an ill-mannered Labrador Retriever who jumps on people, eats off the table and counter tops, and barks a lot. With the proper training though, you'll find yourself with a delightful companion you can spend years with enjoyably. Because of the Lab's strength and high energy level, he needs to be trained early on in puppyhood. You should bring the dog out in public to get it used to other people and the world in general. Train it to walk on a leash and behave well. Puppy training classes are essential. Once training begins, you won't have much difficulty because this breed is very smart and eager to please. Just be sure the training gets taken care of early on;
Size/Weight: Large sized dogs, weighing in at an average of 55-80 pounds;
Origin Location/Date: Originating in Canada and descending from Portuguese, English, and Irish breeds, the Labrador Retriever became wildly popular in England during the 1800s. In 1903, The Kennel Club (in England) recognized the breed. During the 1900s in the United States, the Labrador Retriever climbed the ranks to become the country's most popular dog, a title which it retains today. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1917;
Energy Level: The Labrador Retriever is a high energy dog and as such, it needs to be exercised thoroughly every day. Ways to do this are to take it for good long walks as well as engage in play in the back yard or at the park. If playing, bring a few tennis balls with you to tire the dog out. Otherwise, go jogging or running with it on a regular basis. Labs that aren't exercised become hyperactive and destructive and no one wants that. They also need to be mentally stimulated, so be sure to challenge them via games, activities and competitions. Labs also love swimming, so that's a great activity to partake in as well;
Temperament: In general, Labs are a friendly and family oriented bunch. They're great with kids and really are ideal house pets. Although, beware that each Lab brings his own personality to the table, so you never really know what you're going to get. Some are lazy, while others are exuberant. They're generally not very territorial and while they're large, they can live just fine in smaller areas, with the right amount of exercise outdoors. They're playful, intelligent and fun to be around. This is what makes this breed so popular;
Necessary Space: While the Labrador Retriever is a large dog, it doesn't need large living quarters. With the right amount of daily exercise, this dog will do just fine living in an apartment. Just be sure to walk or run it every day and also be sure to throw it a few balls to burn off all that stored energy we all know it has inside;
Talents: Labrador Retrievers are notorious for their duck hunting (retrieving) skills, but that's not all the breed is good at. This is one of the most versatile dogs out there. It's a great show dog, hunting dog, athlete, guide dog, therapy dog, search and rescue dog and an overall great dog to bring swimming, hiking, boating and just about anyplace else;
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years;
Group: Sporting Group;
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Labrador Retriever puppy and dog: friendly, intelligent, great family dog, great with kids, companionable, energetic, good hunter, good swimmer, non-aggressive, lovable, popular, versatile, strong, active, outgoing, devoted, and a great all-around dog.
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