Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Did you know that Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular pet dog in the United States since 1991? Their pleasant and happy attitudes, plus their love of handwork make them a truly unique pup. Labs have always been working dogs, and today they are prime candidates for jobs such as search and rescue dogs. As well as, service dogs, and police dogs. The breed enjoys working so much that they have to be carefully monitored during hot weather as they will work themselves to heat exhaustion. Labrador Retrievers are medium sized dogs, and can be black, yellow, or brown. Labrador Retrievers love to please their masters, which makes them great work dogs, and great family dogs. This breed of dog is at its best when it can get regular exercise and outside time.

History

Labrador Retrievers are originally from Newfoundland, on the Atlantic Coast of Canada. In Newfoundland, Labs were used to help fisherman catch fish that had escaped. And to pull the fishing nets back from the water. These pups enjoy work, and love getting in the water, so working with fishermen was the perfect job for them! Eventually this hardworking dog was bred with Spaniels, Setters, and other Retriever dog breeds. Which make them even more precise in their job. After this mix happened, Labrador Retrievers became popular dogs for helping to gather game in hunting. A job that they performed happily and diligently. Today, the Labrador Retrievers are commonly known just as “Labs”, and make great family pets.

Is a Lab Right for You?

Labrador Retrievers enjoy being extremely active. This makes them great for very athletic people and families. Labs are also sweet, easy to train, and love to please their masters. This makes them ideal for people looking for service dogs. Labs are very patient with children, and usually form a close, protective and emotional bond with them. Making them great family dogs.

The Labrador Retriever is a double coated breed of dog. So their fur does not shed easily, and does not require too much maintenance. They do need to be groomed, washed, and brushed regularly. A lab is not a great fit for people who are not very physically active. Labs are very high energy and love swimming hiking and running. A fully grown lab needs about 30-60 minutes of exercise per day. If they do not get a solid work out, they can put all of that pent up energy into chewing, barking, and other undesirable behavior. They get along very well with other dogs, which makes them a great addition to a dog owning family!

Did You Know?

Labrador Retrievers love to eat, and very quickly can become obese. They are also notorious garbage raiders, counter thieves and will eat just about anything they can get their paws on. Like humans, labs come with all different skills and personalities. Labs are soft gentle service dogs. Others are bred to be fast runners and hard workers. Still others are bred to be pretty and shiny coated. But don’t worry if you don’t know which kind of lab you have. Most importantly, they are all bred to be sweet, happy and loving pups.

Random Fact

Although Labs are now the most popular dog in the United States. In the mid 19th century, Labrador Retrievers almost became extinct. In the 1880’s, several Labrador Retrievers were exported from Canada to England where they were able to survive extinction.  While they has always been a great worker dog, the Labrador Retriever was not popular as a pet until after World War II.

Finding a Responsible Labrador Retriever Breeder

When you’ve decided to add a new Labrador Retriever to your family, one of your first and most important steps is to figure out how to find reputable Labrador Retriever breeders. Knowing how to differentiate reputable breeders from the shady breeders out there is important. Below are 5 top tips for finding a reputable and responsible Labrador Retriever breeder.

Ask the Right Questions

Make sure you are asking the right questions and trust your gut. Most breeders are reputable and responsible, which means they are happy to answer any questions you might have. Breeders that genuinely care will want their dogs in the best hands. As well as will be happy to help new owners along the way. If a breeder ever deflects an answer or give off a shady vibe, you might want to look elsewhere.

Visit with the Puppy’s Parents

Being able to visit the puppies parents is always a good idea for knowing the condition and characteristics their parents have. At a minimum, you should be able to meet one of the parents, and if not, ask questions as to why. Responsible Labrador Retriever breeders won’t have a problem with this and even expect it. Seeing the area where the dogs are kept, the cleanliness, how the dogs respond to the breeder are all important in making your decision.

Get At Least 2 References and Call Them

Ask for at least 2 references from past puppy adopters. Being able to speak to other owner’s of the breeder’s litters will give you a wealth of information and confirmation on whether they are a good choice to go with. Further more, make sure the references you choose are recent and ask about their experience working with that breeder.

Get a Full Medical History

Ensure that you will be getting a full medical history and veterinarian report on the puppy you have chosen. For instance shot records, health screenings and certificates. If a breeder doesn’t have this or isn’t willing to provide it, it throws up a red flag. Above all, you might be spending a lot of money on a Labrador Retriever, you’ll want to ensure they have been properly vetted as necessary.

Find a Breeder Through Trusted Sources

Go with a trusted source when searching for a specific breeder. The American Kennel Club Marketplace Puppy Finder is one of the best and most trusted options. Another option is to reach out to your local veterinarians and ask for referrals. Most reputable breeders will have a lengthy relationship with their veterinarian so most vet offices will have multiple Labrador Retriever breeders on their client list that they might be able to refer you too. Knowing that a breeder is veterinarian-approved is a good start to knowing they are reputable.

Final Thoughts

Adding Labrador Retriever puppies to your family is an exciting endeavor but it’s important to be well informed. You are purchasing a family member, and that means 10 to 14 years with your new dog. As a result you should ensure you are left feeling confident in the Labrador Retriever breeder you have chosen. It’s a big decision and not one that should be made lightly or with wrong information. Once you feel confident in your decision, you will likely be signing a contract with the breeder and putting down a deposit for your puppy. At this point, there is nothing left to do but wait and then enjoy your new furry family member!

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