The lovely Labrador is popular across the world, and is seen as the ideal family dog. However, all dog breeds come with their own set of unique quirks and issues which you need to familiarize yourself with if you are going to love your dog unconditionally. Here are some pros and cons associated with the Labrador breed.
Pros of owning a Labrador
Here are some of the advantages of the Labrador breed:
The Labrador has a gentle disposition
This gentle, sweet personality makes the breed a good match for households with children.
The Labrador is energetic
If you want a dog that is always ready for action, rather than being a couch potato, then the Labrador is for you. This agile breed needs an owner who is as active as he is.
The Labrador is loyal and loving
One of the reasons this dog makes an excellent guide dog for the blind is that he is loyal and will stay by your side through thick and thin. His loving nature means that he bonds closely with his owner and naturally wants to please you.
The Labrador is an excellent hunter and retriever
If you want to teach your dog to retrieve anything from your slippers to the newspaper, or even if you want to take your dog hunting, the Labrador is perfect. With a long history of retrieving work, Labradors will catch on easily to any form of retrieval training.
The cons of owning a Labrador
Some pitfalls of owning this breed include the below:
Labradors are very active
You will need to give this breed plenty of exercise and space to run and play. Otherwise, he will get bored and gain weight, which can bring a variety of health issues. If you aren’t very active you should consider getting another breed.
Labradors crave your attention
These dogs are so sweet and gentle that few people are bothered by this trait. However, bear in mind if you like your space that your Labrador is going to want to go everywhere with you. He will not enjoy being left alone to fend for himself!
Labradors are shedders
This breed has a double thickness coat which sheds a lot, all year round. So, you will need to accept that there will be fur around your home, and fur covered carpets. Regular brushing can help to minimize the amount of loose fur falling around your home.
Labradors can be messy
The Labrador is a large dog that can knock over ornaments with the sweep of his tail, spill food and water everywhere and roll in mud whenever he can. So, you’ll need to prepare yourself for this!