The Labrador is a breed that doesn’t need an introduction. It is one of the most widespread and well known breed around the globe, boosted by many high profile advertising campaigns and their appearance at Crufts. They of course get their name from their love of retrieving something so will definitely enjoy long walks as well as scoot off for a swim.
Labradors make a great pet especially for a family since they have a willingness to please and are known for their super temperament.
A Labrador lives on average 10-12 years though it is possible it could live until 15 years old. Have you though about where you will be in the next 15 years? If you are likely to be looking for a room to rent it is unlikely that pets will be allowed and remember plenty of space to exercise is required.
Dogs like to have plenty of attention and a Labrador is no different, a Labrador is a very demanding dog so having enough time to spend with yours is important. Several hours will need to be spent with the Labrador to ensure adequate training is provided.
Exercise is very important especially for Labradors retriever puppies since they are a greedy breed and therefore constant and regular exercise is needed to ensure they stay healthy. Long walks would be best to keep them happy but at least having games to play, something to retrieve so they are kept active and don't get bored. As mentioned they do enjoy a swim however if this is alone the beach and they head into the sea, ensure you rinse them afterwards since they can develop skin problems from a build up from the salts. Labradors do enjoy a ride in the car and are happy with the movements and are unlikely to get sick.
If the though of daily dog walks, twice a day, whatever the weather and looking after an animal with boundless energy isn't something you are willing to do then a Labrador isn't the best pet for you.
Consider your circumstances and before you decide if a Labrador is right for you and your family.
Article by: Bill James