The beautiful and hygienic Labradors

Labradors make excellent family pets. We’ve got a great list of pros and cons for you to consider when making a furry family choice.

Labradors are widely considered to be good family dogs. And this is true for a lot of families. But not for all of them. With their reputation for being outgoing, gentle, and easy to train, it’s not surprising that the Labrador Retriever is America’s most popular dog breed.

While no two dogs of any breed will act the same way, the consensus is that Labs make wonderful family pets. However, there are some characteristics of the breed to keep in mind before making a decision.

Here we will look at the benefits and drawbacks of having a Labrador as a family pet.

The Upsides

Intelligent, loyal, friendly, even-tempered, and kind, the Labrador Retriever has many lovable traits. But are they good enough to bring into your home? You should consider your family’s lifestyle before making a final decision on any breed.

Labradors are known to be terrific with children. Their take-it-all-in-stride temperament and typically low aggression levels mean they are usually fine with being petted, cuddled, and occasionally prodded. This easygoing attitude indicates most Labradors will get along with other pets as well. However, the Lab is a large dog. He can be overly enthusiastic when it comes to playing and greeting. Tiny children and frail older adults might be knocked down and potentially hurt due to the Lab’s overly eager displays of affection.

A Labrador shouldn’t be an issue with kids in the home, but you will always need to be mindful of their interactions. A Labrador Retriever is a much better match with older kids. Their equally high energy levels mean they can play together for hours without getting tired.

Despite the Lab’s stellar reputation for not being aggressive, any breed has the capacity to be dangerous in the wrong circumstances.

The Downsides

Labradors are quick learners, but they need to be shown how to adapt to the human world and socialize. While Labradors are five times less likely to attack than a German Shepherd or a Doberman, it is a fact that  Labrador Retrievers are responsible for more personal injuries in the U.K. than any other breed.

Can Labradors be kept with families living in apartments?

Labs are an active breed. For the first three years, they require about two hours of robust exercise per day. If they don’t burn off energy, they will act out by chewing. Their big, wagging tails have a habit of knocking things off tables in small spaces. A larger home with a good-sized backyard is a better fit than a small apartment for the lab.

Introducing a lovable lab into your home can create plenty of opportunities for quality family time. Whether it’s jogging, hiking in the wilderness, or camping outdoors, a Labrador Retriever is the ideal companion for an active lifestyle.

Labs love plenty of attention. They like to be around people and follow you around or flop at your feet to be close to you. Having said this, Labradors are not suitable for families who are gone for long periods of time; they crave company. Therefore if everyone in your house is at work or school throughout the day, you will probably need to get a dog sitter or take him to doggy daycare. Labrador puppies especially will need full-time attention.