Our retired guide dog is a 19 yr old black Labrador retriever, although well trained she is now pooping and peeing in the house. We tried all the usual things but nothing works. The vets also say there is nothing left for them to do. She has outlived all her litter mates by eight years.
Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Labrador Retrievers were developed to be hunting dogs. They are athletic dogs who need regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become bored, which they may express by becoming rambunctious and destructive.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the most recognizable breeds of dogs. Even people who aren’t dog lovers can recognize a Lab! They make great therapy dogs, service dogs and guide dogs, gun dogs retrieving upland game and fowl, search and rescue dogs, and are the best all-around family dog. Their health problems are similar to most large dogs. They are susceptible to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Diabetes can also be a serious problem if your Lab suffers from obesity.
His intelligence and desire to please render him highly trainable, and he responds best to positive reinforcement techniques. He’s capable of working and thinking independently – and does so beautifully as an assistance dog – but he prefers to have guidance and structure in his life. This is a people-loving dog who won’t be happy left to himself in the backyard.
Labrador retrievers, according to the Dog Breed Info website, are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the United States. Intelligent canines, Labrador retrievers are known to posses loyal, loving, willing and affectionate temperaments. This dog breed consists of three different groups, one of which is the black Labrador.
She can be left in the house alone, completely potty trained – but will sit on furniture if allowed, to look out the window. She does not dig and in over two weeks we have not heard her bark…not even alarm bark. She is fine in a secure back yard, and while she explores, she does not try to escape. She is unfazed by cats but is mesmerized by birds. And Bella should be in a ONE DOG family. She’s wonderful with children and a fabulous family dog.
We have a eight year old female lab, she is beautiful, gentle, greedy, stubborn and smart when she wants to be. We had a golden male lab years ago he was put down when he was almost thirteen due to cancer. Our lab still thinks she is a puppy, our friends and people l meet on the street cannot believe she is eight as she is such a baby. She always makes me smile.
I’ve had black labs all my life, and I can honestly say they have all been trainable, loyal and friendly to everyone. I have never owned a golden but have met 7 in my life, all have been nasty dogs! Growly, standoffish, I witnessed one bite a child (apparently it had done it before) and even after reprimanded didn’t seem to care what it done was wrong. Whereas if any of my labs had done something similar they would have been sulking and evidently regretful. I personally would never own or trust a golden based on my experiences!
In my family, we have always owned labs, not only because we are a family who hunts, but also because we value loyalty, friendship, and compassion. My first lab was Jessie. She was an amazing beauty on and off the dove field. She was one of the best retrievers I have ever witnessed. My dad’s friends were jealous of his dog when they went hunting with him. My dad can count 3 times when she didn’t find the bird that he had shot. At home, she was gentle and calm. She only got into trouble once, and after that she never chewed another shoe. She rarely barked and always wagged her tail. Writing this makes me sad, she was such a good friend of mine. I knew her like a sister, honestly. My lab now is Tut. He is a beast on the dove field, but don’t let my adjective deceive you, he is a small, agile lab. The thing about Tut that makes me love him so much is that he has a connection with our family. When my parents got divorced, it sent him into months of depression. I knew that this divorce broke his heart, as it did all of us. I can’t imagine living a life where my Tutty isn’t happily waiting at home for me everyday. I know very many Goldens and they are beautiful, great dogs, but I can’t say that I’ve ever seen them connect with their owners as labs do. Of course they love their owners and their owners love them, but it seems as if that is the extent of the relationship. With labs, it goes much deeper. Goldens seem like they are simply a pet, but a lab is a brother or a sister.
He can’t walk on a leash, he doesnt react when we call him if anyone is around, he doesnt like ball games and doesnt want to swim. Really happy though, loves everyone and everything around him. He know alot of tricks though and he knows it all but when something more fun comes, there is no reason to listen to his owners.
We have a Beautiful intelligent 1 year old chocolate Labrador “Brontė” she would be a fantastic helper dog, as she is well behaved, gentle and so willing to please!! She has brought so much love & laughter into our family! Chocolate Labradors are fantastic Xxx
I have “owned” both breeds. Had one perfect Golden for over 12 years, then 2 more before we went dogless for a couple years. Fell in love with a big black Lab pup who became part of our hearts and started to turn us into Lab fanatics. Love the kindly Goldens, but found they tend to get fat more easily, and the long hair is harder to keep looking good. I now have 3 Labs – one of each color, ages 9, 3 and 2. Grooming is a cinch and I disagree with the shedding statement…..maybe it’s a question of diet or grooming but it’s not a great problem for us, even with 3 dogs. The yellow male definitely does shed more than our black or chocolate. The Labs are indeed, less likely to get their feelings hurt, and tolerate chaos when the grandchildren or other visitors bring their dogs. And, because they’ve always had lots of freedom with daily outings off lead, they will not let me out of their sight when in the woods or fields. They run and chase but if I turn back one step, they are immediately at my side. Once a Lab is bonded to you, their faithfulness is legendary. Each breed….Goldens, German Shepherds or Labs are each wonderful, but the easy to train, easy to care for, stable Lab will always be the breed for me!
Labrador Retrievers are registered in three colours: black (a solid black colour), yellow (considered from cream to fox-red), and chocolate (medium to dark brown). Some dogs are sold as silver pure-bred Labradors, but purity of those bloodlines is currently disputed by breed experts including breed clubs and breed councils. Some major kennel clubs around the world allow silver Labradors to be registered, but not as silver. The Kennel Club (England) requires that they be registered as “Non-recognised.” Occasionally, Labradors will exhibit small amounts of white fur on their chest, paws, or tail, and rarely a purebred Lab will exhibit brindling stripes or tan points similar to a Rottweiler. These markings are a disqualification for show dogs but do not have any bearing on the dog’s temperament or ability to be a good working or pet dog.
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As large dogs, both the Golden Retriever and theLabrador Retriever have very similar growth patterns. By the end of the first year, both dog breeds will be nearly 2 feet at the withers. Growth requires proper nutrition and these dog breeds will need approximately 2.5 to 3 cups of dry dog food daily.
We took him in and introduced him to Pudd’n, a young, head strong and stubborn Swiss Mountain Dog. The contrast is amazing! Hershey, who we believe is about 6 now (although previous owners weren’t exactly sure what year they got him!) is the older of the two, but, while not subservient to Pudd, will generally let him have his way when it comes to rough housing, or collecting treats. Good thing too, both top out at approximately 125 to 140 pds!
My chocolate lab, Kooky is coming up on 2 years old. She’s wonderful, full of energy, obedient , great with other dogs and children. I’ve never known a dog be so tactile, she leans against me with her full weight and lies on my feet to snooze. What would I do without her ???
Labradors are well known for their rather excessive shedding tendencies. Yellow Labs shed just like their chocolate or black cousins, although it does tend to show up less on my carpets as the hairs are pale instead of dark.
I wouldn’t say it’s a common thing, but nearly every dog I’ve had – regardless of breed – I’ve been able to make or have heard howl at something at some point. Put on a youtube video of other dogs or wolves howling, maybe a car alarm, or a repetitive siren, even Celine Dion warbling on the radio, that sort of thing 🙂
“Nala Chanelle is a Golden Labrador Retriever from Puerto Rico, shown here as a 2-month-old puppy. She has lovely blue eyes and a killer smooth golden tone on her fur (not yellow). Nala is very playful but also very demanding (Top Dog trait? hehehe). She has already seen her vet for general checkup and parasite deworming at 1 month. (She only had 2 young eggs, medicine was administered and on 2nd visit (6 weeks), she was all clear). That 1-month general health assessment went great! Doctor found her in super great shape and her 6-week-old first vaccination went very well also. She was fed on Royal Canin Puppy 33 up until now. She just started Pedigree Puppy. This transition helped her well. She favors tennis balls, a teething rope with two plastic balls, and a teething plastic lifesaver as her toys, but also likes to call for attention and be petted and played with. (She shows a very happy tail and active jumping/running with human playful interaction). We started the “Sit” and “Down” commands yesterday with the information on your page and we were amazed!!!! (For now, I showed her I am Top Dog and she behaved better!!! This is incredible and powerful stuff!!! hahaha). Loud barking and calling for attention are still issues at hand, but we will not be disappointed easily and we will keep training and interacting in a more knowledgeable and effective way each time.”
Labs are more hearty and workers than goldens. Search Google images for a diagram of golden retrievers in different mental states: happy, sad, miserable, dejected, overjoyed, disappointed, grief-struck, etc.
He is a stressed dog and some would say untrained. We have spent alot of money and time to make him better and the hard work has paid off. He was terrible and I just though the only thing we could do was to give him up. Today he is much better and I would never even think about giving him up.