The Pros & Cons of Labradors

You’ve probably already seen the movie Marley & Me.  In case you missed it and are thinking of getting a Labrador, here’s a few insights into America’s most popular breed.

Pro: Labradors look like this when puppies. Emotional manipulation perfected.

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Con: Labs are considered puppies until around 3-4 years old. And guess what comes with puppies? Chewing!

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Pro: Labradors are sweet and happy dogs. Guaranteed to make you smile, they love to play in the snow and run at the beach.

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They are also patient.

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Con: Did we mention they can be destructive? There goes that smile off your face.

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Pro: Labs are intelligent and easily trained. They love to play fetch. Some will even bring you a beer.

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Con: They shed. And shed. It may just drive you crazy as you run from your home screaming, ‘Furminator!’. Or not.

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Pro: Labradors are very friendly and love everyone. Including elephants.

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Con: Labs like to eat. A lot. Many don’t know when to stop so they are prone to obesity.

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Pro: Second to eating, Labs love to swim and have lots of energy. If there’s water nearby, they’ll find it. Whoo-Hoo!

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Con: They love to swim and have lots of energy. If you’re a couch potato, just say, ‘No’. Unless you want the house eaten as you sit there.

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Ultimately, Labradors can make wonderful pets for an active family. Known for being good with kids, fun and loyal, they will love you for life.

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For information on whether a Lab is a good fit for you, do your research.

If you’ve decided a Labrador Retriever is for you, remember Adopt! Don’t Shop!

Look to your local shelters, or find a Labrador Rescue near you.