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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Labrador Retriever Temperament, Personality, Pictures And Breed Guide

Labrador Retriever Temperament

The Labrador Retriever Pictures here illustrate well a very active and excitable dog, bred for hunting swimming and overall energy. They make an excellent family pet and it is little wonder that they are the most popular dog breed in America by quite some distance.

 The Labrador personality is extremely friendly making them very  easy to introduce to new people without lots of barking or aggressive behaviour  but can have a negative side since this upwards of  sixty-pound Lab will often express his or her friendliness by jumping on that same new person, sometimes even knocking them down.

labrador retriever puppy sleepingAlthough Labrador Retrievers are highly intelligent, they often get a reputation for being fools of the canine world due to their over exuberance and even hyperactivity. Labs also remain mentally immature for the first three years of their life, exacerbating the problem of their over friendliness considerably.

Activitylabrador retriever playing in snow:

Labrador Retrievers are very excitable and will require a great deal of exercise, especially during the first three years of their lives.

At a bare minimum, you should expect to take your dog for about two walks a day, make sure to use a strong leash as Labs have very powerful neck and shoulder muscles and can easily pull you off balance if you aren't careful.

Labs are also natural and enthusiastic swimmers. If you have access to any kind of water, rivers, beaches, lakes, swimming pools, or even ponds you should make a point of using these as ideal exercise venues for your Lab.

Labrador Retriever Information and Breed Notes

The Labrador Retriever  or “Lab”originated  in Newfoundland rather than Labrador as an alllabrador retriever swimming purpose water dog, and this Newfoundland of the early 1800’s came in several different sizes of which one was the the “Lesser” or “St Johns’s” Newfoundland. These medium sized black dogs were excellent for retrieving game, fish and for pulling small fishing craft through icy waters.

Though the St John or Lesser breed  eventually died out in Newfoundland, they continued in Britain - and the first yellow, now  “Labrador” appeared in a litter in 1899, chocolate Labs came later as a result of breeding with other dogs of the same colour.

The Labrador Retriever temperament Is Biddable,Friendly, Responsive and Keen

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Childrenlabrador retriever head portrait: The Labrador Retriever temperament means they are one of the best dog breeds for children and make fantastic family pets but you should be careful when allowing children to play with a Labrador Retriever.

Although these dogs would never knowingly do harm to any member of their "family", they can sometimes knock down and unintentionally harm a smaller child. As a rule, you shouldn't let children play with Labs without supervision until the dog's training is complete and the dog is well out of its puppy years.

labrador retrieverHealth:Although generally healthy, Labrador Retrievers are still prone to the same hip and joint problems that plague most large dogs’ hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.

They are prone to a few eye disorders as well as Progressive Retinal Atrophy being the most serious. They also have large appetites and a tendency toward obesity which needs to be carefully checked by owners in order to keep the Lab generally healthy.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

labrador retrieverGrooming:The Labrador Retriever's waterproof coat is designed to self-clean in several important ways which minimizes your duty for grooming to some extent. This is not an excuse to ignore your responsibilities however as without some regular grooming the overall health of your dog can decline.

Ideal owners are active, affectionate and sociable who can provide the energetic walks and play that this bouncing beastie needs and whilst they are great dogs for the novice owner their eagerness to  learn should not be and excuse for half hearted training, especially in their early years. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

Comparable Breeds

Irish Setter

Irish Setter

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

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