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Learning About Labradors.
Labradors, or Labrador retrievers as they are often called, are wonderful, intelligent, gentle, beautiful, and helpful dogs. They are one of the most popular breeds in the United States, and indeed in many other countries too, because of their good nature and their gentle way with children and other animals. These are often very important traits in a family pet, and the main consideration when families are choosing a pet. A family or person may look for a dog to complete their family, or to bring them companionship. Some of the things that should be taken into consideration are what kind of dwelling the person lives in, how much time will be available to devote to the pet, and what might be the overall costs of the pet when it comes to food, veterinary care, and other expenses. There is never a guarantee that a pet will not become sick and require extra expenses, but researching animal breeds will help to determine which one is best overall for the person and his or her circumstances. But when it comes to dogs, the Labrador is one of the best for both individuals and families.


Labradors Are Large Dogs
Although Labradors are large dogs, they are not mean or dangerous at all, and in spite of their size, they make great family pets. They are strong and they are smart and are very devoted to their owners. But their size does pose some problems. In fact, people who live in apartments or those who do not have either a large yard or a place to walk their dog might not want to get a large dog, simply because of their size and energy level. For others that have more space, however, a Labrador is a good choice. They love to run and play and, although not mean by nature, they make good guard dogs. Although any dog can bite, Labradors are not known to display aggressive behavior, and they are generally very safe to have around the house, even when there are small children involved, as the dogs are very patient and loving.


A High Energy Dog
Labradors are very loveable and part of their charm is that they have a lot of energy, but if a new owner has not done their research, and is not expecting this, it could be a poor match. Because if they get one without understanding how energetic and playful these dogs are, especially as puppies, they can be upset by the amount of work that must go into the raising of the Labrador. A Labrador can also display a destructive nature if it isn’t given enough attention. Raised well and provided with room to run the Labrador is a good breed that will give a family or an individual many years of companionship and love, and this is usually what is most important for people who want pets.


A Hunting We Will Go—Hunting Labradors
Labradors are known for their intelligence and friendliness. Because they are intelligent they can be trained to do many different types of things. They have been known to assist humans in everyday tasks for many years. Labradors are often used as guide dogs for the blind, deaf, and other handicapped people. They can also be trained to be therapy dogs for the elderly people in nursing homes and for emotionally disturbed children. The military and the police have used Labradors to track criminals, weapons, bombs, drugs, and to find missing people. Though Labradors are used in many ways to assist people today, they were originally trained to do only one thing: HUNT. Hunting Labradors originally came from Newfoundland in eastern Canada. How they got there is not clear. But the fact remains that due to the need to hunt, hunting Labradors became very popular very quickly. Labradors are often referred to as “Labrador Retrievers” because they learned how to retrieve dead animals as part of their hunting training
What makes Labradors good hunters? Labradors posses many characteristics that make them good hunters. First of all, hunting Labradors have a strong bone structure. The Labrador also has a very thick tail. Their tail is often compared to an otter’s tail and is very helpful to hunting Labradors when they are swimming. Other characteristics that help them swim with ease are their webbed feet and their water repellent coats. Another characteristic of the hunting Labrador is their gentle mouth, which is important because Labradors were used to retrieve the dead animals that were shot and were required to being them back to the hunter. Therefore, they had to be very gentle with the animals that were killed. The final characteristic that makes Labradors ideal hunting dogs is their loyalty and the fact that they can be easily trained
Today, most Labradors work in the fields mentioned above. But some Labradors are still used for hunting purposes, especially in more rural areas. In fact, there are many obedient schools and dog training schools throughout the country that still train Labradors to become hunters. However, being “man’s best friend” is still the most common occupation of Labradors today, and perhaps it is the most appreciated
There are several important facts you will want to know about Labradors, including the fact that this is a very social breed of dogs. These dogs are quite friendly, which makes them very good with children, and, if they are raised right, they get along with other pets also. The Labrador is among the friendliest of dogs
Another important piece of information on Labradors to keep in mind is that these dogs can get very big. You are going to want to make sure that you have a good area in which they can run and play. You need to have enough room to exercise them properly. You cannot leave a Labrador in your home alone for the entire day, because they simply need room to play and have fun. You must be able to take the time to exercise your dog every day, or a Labrador is not the dog for you
With proper love and training, these dogs can be a wonderful addition to your family and to your home. Make sure that you search all the information you can about these dogs before purchasing. If you find yourself doubting whether or not this kind of dog is for you, it probably isn’t. However, as long as you have room for them to run, have the time and energy to exercise them, and are willing to give them a good loving home a Labrador will make a great addition to your family. You will never regret the day that you decided on a Labrador. You and your family will always be happy with this dog.


Taking A Look At The Different Types Of Labradors
Once a person has decided to get a Labrador, then one has to determine what type of Labrador to get. This is not the easiest task because Labradors come in three primary colors to choose from, not to mention those with an array of different shades. Once the color is determined, one has to decide between an English Lab and an American Lab. Taking the time to research and decide between these details will be an important step to ensuring the happiness of the owner and his new Labrador companion
Different Colors Of A Labrador
As mentioned above, there are three main colors that a Labrador comes in: black, brown (also known as chocolate), and yellow. Of course, there are different shades stemming from these colors such as charcoal, silver, and fox red. The color of the Labrador makes no difference in their intelligence just in the appearance of the dog. This may be an important thing to consider for some people. When buying a Labrador some people should take the time to determine color of dog they want
Once a color of dog is figured out, one must decide if an English Lab or an American Lab is right for him/her. In this case the physical appearance of the dog is affected and not just the color of the coat. The English Labrador is heavier and thicker than the American Labrador. This just means that it fills out its frame better than an American Lab. On the other hand, the American Lab is taller and longer-limbed than the English Lab. These will be important characteristics to consider when deciding what role the Lab will play in the owner’s everyday life
It is obviously important to take the time to research the different types of Labradors available to people today. Owners are happier when they are able to choose what color the dog will be and determine the body type of the dog as well. This is a big deal for hunters and for those interested in entering the dog in competitions. When it comes to purchasing a Labrador one must always make sure that he/she does not spend too much money, no matter what kind it is. There will be another one available at a more appropriate price. So keep your options open!


Sit!--A Guide To Training Labradors
Labrador puppies are one of the most adorable creatures in the world. Their mischievous antics and playful nature provide for some of the most entertaining moments you will ever see. Their small, cuddly bodies are incredibly lovable. Yes, Labrador puppies are very cute—but training Labradors can be a different story even though they are intelligent. Training Labradors requires a lot of dedication and hard work, but it is definitely rewarding. Your Labrador puppy will grow to be an extremely well-mannered companion to you and your family when successfully trained
During their first three to six months there are several areas you need to focus on when training Labradors. The first thing you should teach your puppy is to sit. This is one of the most basic commands. The next commands to teach your Labrador are to lie down and stay when told, and to come when called. Labradors should also be taught how to interact with other dogs, strangers, and other animals. They also need to be taught how to walk politely on a leash. A Labrador puppy should be trained to drop things from his mouth when commanded to, and to stop barking when he is told to be quiet. Finally, take the time when training Labradors to teach them fun tricks. Have a little fun with your new puppy!
When your Labrador is six to ten months old teach your puppy to stay in one place as you are walking away from him. You should also teach your puppy how to heel and to retrieve a ball or toy when it is thrown. Labradors at this age can learn more tricks such as “Shake hands” and “roll over.”


Strangers And Other Dogs
Labradors are some of the most friendly and easy going dogs you can own. Most Labradors get along well with other people. It is very rare that a Labrador will dislike strangers. However, there are some Labradors that only interact well with their own family, with people of a certain sex, or with adults. Whatever the case, you should work and train your Labrador to be polite and well-behaved around all strangers.
Labradors can be fussy about their relationships and interaction with other dogs just as they can with humans. But most Labradors get along well with other dogs and it usually isn’t a problem.

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