The original Labrador Retrievers were bred for retrieving game and water fowl and for their excellent swimming ability. However, today’s Labrador retrievers are more likely to be encountered serving as guide dogs for the blind or service dogs for disabled people.
Given the right care and attention Labrador retrievers make excellent family pets but they do need plenty of exercise. Do bear in mind that Labrador Retrievers were bred to retrieve and live a very active life and this is where they are in their element. If you allow your Labrador Retrievers to join you in all your activities, work off some energy and swim to his hearts content he will be a happy companion for years to come.
In general Labs need plenty of training to transform them into the well-behaved dogs you see on TV! They will simply eat where they want, sleep where they want and go to the bathroom where they want unless you teach them otherwise.
How much do they weigh? Labrador retrievers are heavy-set dogs and weigh about 60lbs. What about grooming? They have straight, thick coats that are very water resistant. Male dogs will have coarser, thicker coats than females. They will need average levels of grooming. What color should their eyes be? The eyes of Labrador retrievers are usually a caramel brown color and really exemplify their gentle disposition.
What do they like to do? Labrador retrievers are at home in water of all kinds and will happily enter icy water to retrieve water fowl for very little reward. They are still used by many people in the United States as hunting dogs. But will Labrador Retrievers make a great pet for you and your family? Labradors with training are smart, energetic and disciplined but your average untrained Labrador knows nothing about how to behave!
Labrador retrievers love to chew, dig and bark, jump on almost everybody and tend to grow very fast. This means that younger dogs may be the size of large adult dogs but still have the brain of a puppy. Labrador retrievers take about four years before they can be considered mentally mature.
Labrador retrievers require plenty of patient training to help them to become upstanding members of both canine and human society. It may take several months to train your dog but if you can be as loyal to your pet as he is to you the reward will be a loving dog with plenty of energy and discipline. Not all Labrador retrievers have a good temperament and the right dog will need to be chosen with care.