The Labrador Retriever is one terrific family dog — given enough vigorous exercise (preferably including swimming and fetching games) and not just a walk around the block once a day. Too much confinement and not enough exercise can lead to rambunctiousness and destructive chewing.
One of the best dogs for children of all ages, Labrador Retrievers are kindly, good-natured, and take most things in stride.
Most Labrador Retrievers are very friendly with everyone, though compared to Golden Retrievers, many Labs are just a bit more conservative with their affections.
The Labrador Retriever matures slowly, remaining a spirited teenager for several years, which sounds fun . . . but does require patience and training to manage.
If you are considering to own a labrador, or you’ve just become a new labrador owner, there are some realities you do need to fully accept.
Check out the twelve realities new labrador owners must accept on the next page! …and if you already are a labrador owner, see if you can relate!