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Things to Know Before Owning a Labrador
Labrador Retrievers, often referred to simply as ‘Labs’ are typically medium to large dogs with a thick coat that can be straight or wavy. Labs often have beautiful, expressive eyes and floppy ears. Some Labrador Retriever mixes may retain these characteristics while others may have a very different appearance. Size, color, coat and even the shape of the head, ears and eyes will vary dependent on the mix.
Dog breeds that have the thick double coat such as Labrador Retrievers will shed heavily at certain times of the year due to changing weather. Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes that that have inherited this coat require frequent brushing to minimize shedding. But Labs should be bathed as seldom as possible to avoid removing the natural oils in their coat.
All dogs require some degree of exercise and mental stimulation. The Labrador Retriever is no exception. In fact this breed is happiest when retrieving, swimming, or actively interacting with people and other dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are social by nature and love to have companionship in the form of people or four legged friends. They do well in multi dog households. Labs and Lab mixes are best suited for active families or individuals. Though they do enjoy hiking, swimming, jogging and retrieving but you can satisfy your Lab’s need for activity with backyard games and occasional visits to parks, lakes, or jogging trails. Labs that are not provided with adequate exercise tend to become overweight and develop weight related health issues such as arthritis.
Those who share their home with Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes frequently describe them as warm and loving companions that are great with all people including young children. Most are also very accepting of other animals in the home or on the property. But while the average Lab or Lab mix is happy to sit quietly with its loving people please don’t forget that they need daily exercise and mental stimulation!