Labradors make excellent family dogs and many labs have been showered with so much love and affection that they end up being a very prized pet. Many first bred labs were saved from terrible environments as puppies and put up for adoption by loving families who realized the potential of this unique breed. Now these dogs are recognized by most veterinarians and breed clubs as having a wonderful temperament, fine muscular development and good health.
American Kennel Club (AKC) records show that there has been some degree of genetic improvement in labradors over the years. These dogs are well known for their energy, intelligence, and beauty and are frequently listed in AKC registries as “Fortunate rescued”. The British and Australian Labradors have also been shown to be refined and gentler compared to the American Labrador Retriever.
Labradors are often crossbred with several other breeds including the Saint Bernard, Doberman Pincher, Golden Retriever, and White Shepherd to form working type labs. This designer canine is excellent for those families who want a working type of dog and do not want an overly large or strong dog. Working labs are excellent for retrieving, tracking, and herding in addition to being great family dogs. They make ideal companions for the elderly, disabled, or any person with an adventurous nature.
Most working labs are a bit heavier than the standard size, but most have no problem shedding. The docked coat is often matted and results in hair loss for many owners, especially those with large families. Some labs have had the clipped coat removed entirely and replaced with the water filled version which sheds less than the standard coat and looks just like a standard lab. Labs are very versatile, ranking number one in the working category in the AKC’s popular shedding survey.
Labradors with the water filled coat shed less and have less health issues then the other two types of labs listed above. This is due to a number of reasons including proper training, health issues, genetics, and diet. These coats have also been proven to be attractive to the opposite sex. This is good news for pet lovers as well as people looking for a pet.
If you would like to add some personality to your lab, working labs are perfect for this. They have a friendly, playful, and energetic disposition that makes them great companions for children, and great pets for adults. Labrador retrievers have also been bred to work, proving they have the strength and endurance it takes to be a great watchdog for hunters. Any responsible Labrador owner should have their lab trained and be ready to go at any time. So if you would like a loving companion and a devoted watchdog, then consider buying a labrador retriever today. You will not be disappointed.