Labrador Retrievers are the lovable, family-friendly dog we all know and love! Labs have been the most popular breed in the United States for 25 years running. One of the older recognized breeds, Labradors were originally bred to be strong, active retrieving dogs that excelled in hunting and swimming. The breed continued to be developed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries and was recognized by the AKC in 1917.
Today, these dogs are known for their outgoing and energetic personalities, and are extremely intelligent and devoted pets. The Labrador Retriever is consistently warm, loyal and good-natured, making it a wonderful companion for individuals and families of all ages. Muscular and athletic, these pups have a fairly high energy level and therefore require a significant amount of exercise.
Labs are an incredibly versatile breed, as they can excel at anything from K9 police work to agility to service work for the disabled. Full grown labs are medium sized, typically weighing in at about 55-75 lbs. Labs have short, low-maintenance coats and only require minimal bathing and brushing.
This breed comes in three colors—yellow, black and chocolate. While today it is America's most popular dog, Labs were almost extinct by the 1880s, until English fans of the breed saved it.
Welcome to Florida, home to one of the most puppy-loving cities in the U.S.! The Sunshine State is the 3rd most populous state in the country with a population of approximately 20 million people. With the longest coastline in the country, Florida is known for its thriving coastal life, especially in beach city Miami, as well as tourism and immigration, which adds to the diversity of this Southern state. Not only is Florida a hot spot for travelers, celebrities and families, but also for the dogs that accompany them. If you're a dog-owning Floridian or looking to become one, there are certain requirements to be aware of before bringing a puppy home, as well as an abundance of ways to live alongside your pup in this blooming state.
According to Title XLVI of the 2016 Florida Statutes, all dogs four months of age or older must be vaccinated against rabies and must be revaccinated 12 months after the first vaccination. While this is the only vaccine that is required by law, there are other vaccines that veterinarian's will recommend to keep your dog healthy and happy. These include DHLPP, a combination vaccine protecting against several diseases, and bordetella, which protects your pooch from kennel cough. The cost of vaccinating your dog in Florida varies by location and by veterinarian.
Florida's laws pertaining to keeping dogs on leashes differs from one county to another. Some of Florida's 67 counties require their dogs to be kept on leash at all times, while others do not. Look up the leash law in your county to be sure.
Licensing your dog helps the state keep track of all its canine residents and helps when locating a lost dog. Each county in Florida has its own rules on licensing a pet. For example, in Miami-Dade County, dogs over four months of age must be licensed with an identification tag and licensing must be renewed annually. Look up the licensing law in your county to find out if your dog needs to be licensed.
The state of Florida prohibits owners from leaving their dog unattended in a vehicle. There is also something called a "Good Samaritan" law, which "grants civil immunity for damage to the vehicle for a person who enters a motor vehicle, by force or otherwise, for the purpose of removing a vulnerable person or domestic animal," under certain conditions (Stat. § 768.139). While the state as a whole does not have a law advising on whether to restrain an animal in a moving vehicle, Miami-Dade County dictates that pets riding in the back of a truck must be confined to a seat carrier or humanely restrained with tethers.
Home of the magical world of Disney, Florida is no stranger to entertainment. The same goes for keeping their four-legged residents busy with plenty of space to run and play. There are numerous off-leash parks in the state, where Fido is welcome to run free and sniff other pups, nose to tail. All state parks in Florida allow dogs on-leash in designated areas during the day, as long as they are well-behaved and picked up after.
With its beautiful beaches and many tourist attractions, it's not difficult to find something both you and your dog will enjoy in the Sunshine State. Whether it's a dog-friendly hotel, beach or restaurant, Florida has what you and your pooch are looking for. Just make sure to plan ahead by calling each place you visit to find out their policy on pets. Then get out there and have a ball!