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The LAB Report: All About The Labrador Retriever


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The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in the country, and it’s no surprise why. We’ve broken down the top reasons why dog owners can’t get enough of the Lab. Disclaimer: You may shortly find yourself yearning to bring home one of these very special dogs after reading these 10 characteristics of Labs:

1. Very Trainable
Bred to follow human cues, Labs are extremely obedient if they receive proper training. In addition to the basic commands of sit, stay and roll-over, Labs can be taught more difficult tasks that require a high level of attention and intelligence.

2. Can Doggie Paddle
Natural-born swimmers, Labs were bred to jump into icy waters and help fishermen retrieve nets, fish and equipment. The extra skin (webbing) around their toes makes for natural paddles and their water resistant coat keeps them warm and dry in the water. Lastly, the Lab’s long round tail, often called an “otter tail,” moves back and forth in water like a ship rudder, making the Lab the Michael Phelps of dogs.

3. Easy-to-Manage Coat
Labs are short-haired, so you don’t need to brush them often, with the exception of during molting season. You also don’t need to bathe the Lab often as the natural oils in their skin serve as protection from outside irritants. In fact, it’s recommended to bathe Labs only 3-4 times per year.

4. Great with Kids
Want a nice, well-mannered family dog? The Lab is one of the best dogs for children of all ages. Labs are kind, good-natured, friendly, laid-back and affectionate. However, as puppies they can be rambunctious and unknowingly play a little rough. The good news is with a little bit of training (and maturity), they will respond well.

5. Athletic Sports Dogs
Part of the AKC-classified sporting group, Labs are willing to retrieve just about anything. Thus, if you’re interested in a breed to accompany you in hunting or fishing, Labs are a prime choice.

6. Selfless Helpers
Labs also make incredible service and therapy dogs. If you or someone in your family has a disability or illness that requires canine assistance, the Lab is a great option. Their intelligence and trainability, coupled with their readiness to please and affectionate streak make for a perfect combination. Labs are known for their ability to lead the blind, act as hearing dogs, and perform law enforcement and military work.

7. Active, Energetic Dogs
As you can tell from this article so far, Labs love exercise and are perfect companions to the active owner who loves the outdoors and daily walks. Whether playing a game of fetch, hiking, swimming, or fishing, Labs are in their element when they’re outdoors, and are not for your average couch potato.

8. Nose for Security
Labs are highly protective of their family members and home, so they make for effective watch dogs. If you’re interested in a dog who will bark at an intruder, the Lab is a great choice. Because Labs are considered “working dogs,” they are often trained to be professional security dogs.

9. Healthy with Long Lifespan
While every dog is different (just as humans are), some generalizations can be made for the healthiness of the breed. Labs are expected to live for at least 10 years, and have an average lifespan of 12 years. Thus, if they’re taken good care of, they’ll be around for lots of memories to be made.

10. Affordable
Although the Labrador Retriever is a purebred, the breed is only #18 on the list of most expensive breeds factoring in all medical costs. That said, it’s worth assessing expected expenses to make sure the Lab (or any other breed) is within your budget.

Like Dog, Like Owner: What Your Dog’s Breed Says About You


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It is said that you can tell a lot about a person based on the company he keeps, but, bet you didn’t know this adage also rings true for dog breeds. It makes sense for pup parents to gravitate towards dogs that have similar temperaments as they do. After all, don’t most people have a type?  So, here’s a quick rundown of the various human personality traits associated with some of our favorite dog breeds.

thumbnail-like-dog-like-ownerBulldogs: Bulldogs are very determined and persistent, as they were originally bred for bull baiting. Thus, people who take care of bulldogs are said to be tenaciously stubborn, but can also have a great sense of humor. They are also said to be very meticulous, methodical and efficient when it comes to their work.

Terriers: These dogs are fun-loving and energetic companions. Similarly, terrier owners are said to be feisty, competitive, and are not likely to back down even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds.

Labradors and Golden Retrievers: These breeds are the most popular choice for a family pet because they are friendly and good-natured. People who own Labs and Retrievers are said to be very close to their families and friends, easy-going and laid back.

Toy Breeds: Small dog breeds like Chihuahuas and Poodles are energetic and fiercely loyal companions. They’re also brave and known to “take on” much larger dogs without fear. Owners of toy dogs are said to be neat and organized. Everything in their homes must be put away in its proper place. Or else…just see how fierce they can be!

German Shepherds: While Shepherds may be a large dog breed, they are rather shy around unfamiliar people. Once they warm up though, they are fiercely loyal and protective dogs. Likewise, German shepherd owners are the kind of people who would do anything for their loved ones and therefore find it hard to say no to friends and family.

Dachshunds: Despite their stature, dachshunds are some of the bravest and tenacious dogs out there. Thus, owners of dachshunds can be bossy at times and often dislike not getting their way. However, if asked for help, they will do everything in their power to assist you.

Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers: These dog breeds are often described as intense and unrelenting, with an almost unlimited amount of courage. People who own these dogs can often be laid-back and relaxed, but when provoked, become quickly agitated and upset. These are the type of people you don’t want to be at odds with; stay on their good side, and they’ll be your best friend.

Siberian Huskies: These dogs like physical activity and would rather be outdoors than cooped up inside the house. The people who gravitate towards huskies are usually athletic or at the very least, big sports fans. Just like their dogs, owners of huskies are said to be strong-willed, but very lovable.

Pitbulls: Unfortunately, due to popular misconception, Pitbulls have a bad reputation. However, if they are raised properly, these dogs can actually be very sweet dogs who are willing to do anything for their loved ones. People who raise Pitbulls may put up a stern image, but can be sweet as sugar once you get to know them.

Boxers: Boxers are busy and highly energetic dogs, so therefore their owners are often seen to be living life to its fullest.  Boxer people are playful, happy-go-lucky and rarely stressed.

Cocker Spaniels: Sweet, respectful, family-friendly dogs, Cocker Spaniels are a gentle and popular breed. Spaniel owners are said to be charming, affectionate and trustworthy who maintain a tight-knit group of friends and would much prefer a small circle than a large party with strangers.

English Pointers, Weimaraners, Irish Setters: These breeds are naturally energetic and athletic, enjoying long hikes, runs at the park and a love for the outdoors. Owners of these breeds are typically highly active, enjoying extreme sports or hunting and can get bored easily if not faced with new experiences. They are also intelligent, motivated and courageous.

Greyhound, Whippet, Basenji: Besides being fast and agile, Sight Hounds enjoy the company of a small circle and tend to be more introverted than some of the other breeds out there. Thus, owners of these breeds are often athletic or outdoorsy, and prefer social outings with a close group of friends.

While all of this information is interesting and fun to know, take these generalizations with a grain of salt. After all, haven’t you also heard the saying, “Opposites attract?”