Labrador Retriever Temperament
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Labrador Retriever Overview
In general, Labrador Retriever temperament can be described in three words: good-tempered, kind and patient. That being said, it is important to remember that every single Labrador retriever is different and so are you, as humans, and so everyone’s experience is going to be different.
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The American Kennel Club reports the Labrador retriever as the most registered dog by owners. Since they are such a cheerful and friendly breed, their temperament has made them the most popular dog in the word for a while now. Labrador retrievers have a temperament that can be said to be playful, energetic and intelligent. They might not be guard-dogs, but they are very good watchdogs. This means that while they might not kill or harm an intruder when they come near you or into your home, they will make sure to alert everyone around them to let them know that someone is at the door. They are full of energy and love, which means that you can guarantee they will run to greet you or anyone else at the door as soon as they hear a noise! Of course, being the darlings they are, they will also pretend like you just got back from the grave and they have not seen you in a million years.
Labrador retrievers are very active and love running, hiking, swimming, playing Frisbee, and competing with other dogs (in a friendly manner!). They are at their happiest when they are involved in family activities with their humans. Labrador retrievers are considered an All-American family dog because of their ability to get along with children of all ages.
Are Labrador Retrievers Good Apartment Dogs?
Labrador retrievers are not well suited for the life-style of a couch potato. This is because they have a lot of energy. My neighbor reports walking her dog for about two-hours a day. While this might not be true for all of them, they do need to be active. They are also not very suitable for apartment living. Labrador retrievers are described as large and clumsy, and so they need to have homes with yards and a lot of room for them to run around and act likes a fool.
While you do not have to be a professional athlete to be able to own a Labrador retriever, you do have to be quite an active person. They cannot have just a simple stroll in the park as their daily exercise. They will need to be able to run off their excess energy every single day. Often times, when they are not allowed to burn off this excess energy, Labrador retrievers will become destructive. While they are even tempered when they are a little tired, bored Labrador retrievers will chew on anything that he can get his teeth on! This is why it works great to have a Labrador retriever as a family dog for families with kids because they can just play in the yard to burn off all their energy.