Why Choose a Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is best known for their love to hunt. Labs have incredible noses that easily detect scent, they are natural swimmers, and they love to retrieve allowing them to perform exceptional well in upland hunting and waterfowl hunting.
According the American Kennel Club, based on registration numbers, the Labrador Retriever has been America’s favorite purebred dog for 17 straight years. The Labrador is a loving, playful and very intelligent breed. The breed’s origin was Newfoundland. The first records of the Labrador Retriever were in 1822.
Labrador Retrievers can be classified as ‘working dogs’. They have been used as guide dogs for the blind, deaf and other handicapped individuals because of their trainability, temperament, intelligence, and social disposition. Labradors have been utilized in nursing homes and as companion for emotionally challenged children and adults. The armed forces and many police squads use the Labrador for tracking criminals and finding drugs, weapons, bombs, and even people buried in snow slides.
Because Labs are so intelligent they are easy to train and very eager to please anyone working and playing with them. The average Lab can begin command training (Sit, Stay, Here) around 6 to 7 months. The most important command is “NO”. No means No. Your Lab needs regular exercise, playing retrieve and walking your dog give your Labrador a chance to play and exercise and bond. Don’t over feed your dog and keep them trim.
Always, always buy from a reputable trusted breeder. Good breeders will provide a health certificate, provide all the appropriate shots, they should be AKC registered, and they will provide you with a family tree.
Congratulations on an intelligent choice. Your Labrador retriever is the best all around dog in my opinion.