Labrador Retrievers are the most registered breed of 2012. They are adorable, athletic and playful which is probably why this breed is hard to resist. Yes they are wonderful companions but the important question is, is this the right type of dog for you? If you’re planning to get a lab today, you might want to consider a bunch of things first. You may feel ready for the responsibility but it is important to remember that you must be up for the challenge and willing to work with this dog.
Labs need space where they can play because this breed is very energetic. Ideally, a house with fenced yard or if in case you live in an apartment, or a place with limited space then be prepared to walk your dog religiously or take them to dog parks.
One of the most important thing to consider if you are planning on living your life with a lab is ‘time’. If you want a good relationship with this breed, you must realize that it requires a lot of time working with your dog to make him or her a better pet. Your lifestyle and household schedule should be taken in consideration too because if you are the kind of person who is always traveling or have children and is busy with the community then you might not be able to give this dog the right amount of companionship and attention.
Labrador Retrievers must be trained and need everyday training sessions. Just like us, they need to keep their muscles healthy because this breed is very active and overly romp — all of which requires a lot of time.
Labrador Retrievers require as much energy as time. And a well exercised dog is a happy dog but dogs do not exercise themselves. If you can’t walk your lab 7 days a week then this breed is not for you. Training and teaching them basic manners is only possible if you exert an ample amount of energy and patience. A well-mannered labrador retriever is developed not born.
Any breed of dog costs money, but keeping a lab healthy and well-bahaved throughout its life costs more than getting smaller types. Veterinary fees these days are not cheap plus the expenses accessories, beds, etc. needs to be budgeted.