The Labrador Retriever
< Back To Gallery One
Breed Character Summary
Labradors have a reputation as a very mellow breed and an excellent family dog (including an excellent reputation with children of all ages). Some lines (particularly those that have continued to be bred specifically for their skills at working in the field rather than for their appearance) are particularly fast and athletic. Their fun-loving boisterousness and total lack of fear can result in mischief, and may require training and firm handling at times to ensure it does not get out of hand. Such dogs can become quite destructive if left too much to their own devices.
Labradors are a well-balanced and remarkably versatile breed, adaptable to a wide range of functions as well as making very good pets. They are easily trained and are naturally a very obedient breed. As a rule they are not excessively prone to territorialism, pining, insecurity, aggression, destructiveness, hypersensitivity, or other difficult traits which manifest in a variety of breeds.
Many Labs are notorious "chowhounds"; they will eat anything that is not nailed down. They are experts at manipulating soft-hearted humans into giving them treats/extra food/table scraps/et cetera. The Lab owner must carefully control his/her dog's food intake to avoid obesity and its associated health problems.