Knowing Is the First Step: What You Should Know About Labrador Retrievers

Hello and welcome to the first ever post of Wind Dreamer! If you do not know by know, this blog is wholly dedicated to anything and everything about the dog breed Labrador Retriever. This particular breed of dog is arguably one of the most popular dog breeds that are chosen to be house pets and even service animals. If you are lucky enough to have one in your life or are planning to bring one home, it would be important for you to find out more about the breed.

In light of this, I wanted to discuss some core points that are necessary knowledge for anyone who is interested in this particular dog breed.

Medium to Large in Size

Labs are blocky dogs. Depending on their progenitors, they can be rather large in size and quite hefty if they don’t get the exercise that they need.

Highly Active

They name retriever isn’t there simply because it sounds good. They used to be primarily work dogs. They used to help farmers maintain their herds of sheep. When the nobility and higher crusts of society realized how easy it is to train Labradors and how intelligent they are, they were used for retrieving wildlife that had been shot.

Therefore, a lab will need a lot of space to be able to run around and get any excess energy out. So if you are living in an apartment and are considering a Lab as a pet, this might not be a good situation to enter into.

Highly Social

Labs are very social creatures. They do not do well in isolation and will need a lot of affection. Usually labs are best in groups. However, considering their size, they make do with the companionship that is given by their owners.

Health

Given the size and heft that labs grow to be, they can often be prone to hip injuries or even knee complaints. They are also prone to developing deafness and eye problems later in life.

If they do not get suitable exercise, they can get obese rather easily. When cared for suitably, labs can live up to nearly 20 years.

In Conclusion

Knowing the breed’s ins and outs is one of the best ways to ensure that you will be able to care for it sufficiently. There have been far too many horror stories of pet owners that do not realize the work and effort that it takes to care for a large dog. There have been too many loving dogs that have been given up or abandoned simply because the owner was not aware of how to handle the breed and its needs.

Let us not add to this any further. A lab, if you take care of it properly, is one of the best sorts of breeds that you can have. Labs are highly trainable and truly friendly creatures. This is only a few of the many reasons why they are good pets to have in life. What else do you think people should know about this particular dog breed?