Personality & Temperament
As hinted above, the Lab is the all-encompassing dog that everyone seems to want. That’s for good reason.
A Labrador Retriever is a dog that is very approachable and friendly. They can be the life of the party, or just be there and enjoy the party. They enjoy children and the nuisance that children bring along. They are very sweet and patient with smaller children. Although one should never allow a child to smack any dog, this breed has a lot more tolerance for things of that nature than other breeds would.
When it comes to their adult masters, there’s nothing that the Retriever won’t do for them. They will do trick, obey, play, join them on excursions, and roll up on the couch at the end of the day and share cuddles and affection. Labs make very therapeutic pets. They are sensitive and ostensibly they listen to when their master is having a bad day at the office.
They do value outdoor activity, as this breed has a ton of energy to lend. This breed will be with a big open lot to play in, but should have a fenced in area to keep them safe. They aren’t the most practical choice for apartment living, because they need to get out and really exert themselves.
A Labrador can live in the warmer climate and make it just fine. However, where it really thrives is where the breed originally hails from. That is the colder climate known for harsh winter conditions. Especially with their weather resistant coats.
They do well with strangers, but make lousy insurance policy’s. You won’t want them guarding your valuables because of their friendly and loving nature. The Labrador Retriever also does very good with other breeds.
Labs thrive at sports and competition against other breed such as conformation, agility, and obedience.
This breed can be used for those who are handicap, and for those who suffer from depression. You won’t be surprised to find a Labrador Retriever at a nursing home either. They are very much a community dog, and an all around people lover.
That said, they do generate and demand a lot of attention and will give it back.