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Buddy

Labrador Retriever

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder),
Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)

Gender: N/A

Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books

Quick to learn and train

4/5

Emotionally stable

N/A

Family oriented

5/5

Child safety

5/5

Safe with small pets

4/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

2/5

Health

4/5

Easy to groom

4/5

Great watch dog

4/5

Great guard dog

3/5

Labs...man's best friend!

By

Texas, United States

Posted January 24, 2013

As a child, we had a family pet named Buddy. He was a yellow lab that we got as a puppy when I was six. We had him for several years and he was a wonderful dog. I have also worked with countless labs with my volunteer work and job as a kennel attendant at an animal hospital.

Pros:

They are VERY affectionate! Labs are one of the most easy-going and laid-back breeds available.
They are EXCELLENT with small children and other dogs, even cats.
They are very playful and energetic, perfect for those with active lifestyles.
They are intelligent and easy to train. (My neighbor taught her lab to "count" and "do math" as well as a list of other cool tricks)
They are loyal and protective. Gentle with small children.
Easy to groom, come in several different colors.

Cons:

Chewing. If not exercised often, they can get antsy and exhibit destructive behaviors.
Shedding.
They can be difficult to handle if not trained for obedience. They are big dogs and jumping on people and running away are issues to contend with if not properly trained.
They are prone to obesity which will result in arthritis and other health issues with age. They are also prone to hip dysplaisa.
They need regular exercise because they have lots of energy that needs expressed.

Overall, labs are one of the best family dogs. They are very easy-going and active, but also will serve as a lovable lap dog. They are very affectionate and usually show no signs of aggression. They are the perfect dogs first-time dog owners, but you should invest in training with a dog this size.

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