Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador retriever is the most popular dog breed in Canada, the United States and Australia. He's owned by millions of people!

Labs are loving, people-oriented dogs. They are very loyal and loving to their families.

Labs are friendly, happy-go-lucky dogs prized for their stable and reliable temperaments.

Labs are good-natured and trustworthy. They’re dependable and easy-going. Labs are very stable; they aren’t easily upset or startled.

They’re eager to please you; always seeking your approval. Labs are very affectionate with their families and desire plenty of close physical contact: tummy rubs and behind the ears scratches.

They thrive on human companionship and attention. They always want to be with you and will follow you around everywhere you go!

They’ll lie on your feet, sit on your lap, and lean against you! If you don’t like being followed around and having a dog in your face all the time, then a Lab probably isn’t for you -- because he just wants to be with you!

He will greet you enthusiastically at the door with a wagging tail and kisses every time you arrive home. Labs are highly intelligent, highly trainable, and learn your commands very quickly.

They also love to chew things! They'll mouth and chew anything they can get their mouths around. They also love to carry things around in their mouths.

Labs are friendly with everyone! They get along well with other dogs and strangers. Labs aren’t "one-man" dogs because they enjoy the company of everybody!

Labs are gentle and patient with children, even if the child’s behaviour is bratty.

They love to run and play with children but care should be taken as they may accidentally knock over a small child while playing with them out of over enthusiasm.

Labs physically grow very quickly, but continue acting like puppies until they’re about four years old.

So you’ll need to give him plenty of obedience training if you want to keep him under control.

He loves to play with and chew on his toys. He’ll play with you at any opportunity he gets!

His favourite game to play is fetch. He'll fetch a tennis balls for hours, and he’ll fetch the morning paper for you too.

He loves to swim and will fetch things out of water. If he spots a puddle or water or mud he’ll probably jump in it and then lay in it.

He doesn’t mind getting dirty and he’ll bring mess back inside the home, so if you’re a clean-freak he might not be the best dog for you.

He also doesn’t mind getting his face wet when he has a drink from his water bowl so expect a wet floor and wet kisses after he’s had a drink!

If wiping up water with a towel doesn’t amuse you then a Labrador isn’t for you.


The Labrador Retriever is intelligent and quite easy to train. He learns new commands quickly at an above average rate


The Labrador sheds moderately and needs a good brushing at least once a week

Special attention

• As a puppy, he will chew everything in site. It is essential to provide toys to keep him occupied

• You need to provide enough exercise and activities to keep them busy

• Loves to stick his head in water, even when drinking his water so you will need to pick up water messes

• If there is a puddle or water hole, he will find it