Labrador Retriever Dog Training Profile
Weight: 55 to 80 pounds
Height: 22 to 25 inches
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Labrador Retriever Temperament and Behavior
This has been one of the most beloved dog breeds for a very long time. In fact, it’s the most popular dog breed in the US.
These dogs were originally duck and fish retrievers in Newfoundland, a region in northwest Canada. They were eventually discovered by the English, and it was after they were taken to England that they became known as Labradors.
The English started refining the breed, but many of its physical traits were already in place.
In the harsh Canadian countryside where they originated, they needed a short fur coat so they wouldn’t get bogged down with water when they were hunting in the wilderness. They used their thick tails as a rudder to help them steer as they swam.
But possibly the most defining characteristic that stuck with Labrador Retrievers was their kind, helpful temperament, which is useful in a wide variety of situations. These dogs are still used for hunting, but over time, they’ve also taken on the role of a devoted family pet.
Labs are extremely friendly and energetic. They love being part of a family and they are excellent with children. They’re patient, calm and tolerant even when children play too rough. They also enjoy the companionship of other animals.
These dogs are welcoming to just about everyone, even strangers, so they’re not the best watchdogs. They are, however, well suited for many other jobs; Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds to use for pet therapy and to use as guide dogs and assistance dogs.
Labrador Retriever Training Tips
These dogs are not typically aggressive, but without proper training, they can — on occasion — show signs of territorial behavior and protectiveness of their families and food.
It’s more common for Labrador Retrievers to behave mischievously or destructively when they’re left alone for too long or if they’re not given enough opportunities to release some of their energy.
These dogs like to be extremely active, and they require a great deal of exercise and companionship. Fortunately, they enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, including canine sports.
It’s important to start training and socializing Labrador Retrievers as soon as possible. They can typically start training when they’re only 7 weeks old. Obedience and puppy training classes are highly recommended for this breed, and positive reinforcement methods are vital to their success.