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Like any other breed, your Labrador Retriever dog has its natural behavior, a set of behaviors that are associated with the very origins of the breed. To this will be added the behaviors, tastes and particularities corresponding to the personality of your own Labrador Retriever, as well as what happens with people or with any other animal.
I talk about Labrador Retriever behavior by age, as well as 10 character traits that are particularly typical of the breed.
- 1 Labrador Retriever Behavior by Age
- 1.1 Labrador Retriever Character: Adorable
- 1.2 Labrador Retriever Character: Playful
- 1.3 Labrador Retriever Character: Love to Eat
- 1.4 Labrador Retriever Temperament: Agile
- 1.5 Labrador Retriever Character: Shed a Lot
- 1.6 Labrador Retriever Character: Never Growing Up
- 1.7 Labrador Retriever Temperament: Intelligent
- 1.8 Labrador Retriever Character: Easily Trainable
- 1.9 Labrador Retriever Temperament: Kind
- 1.10 Labrador Retriever Character: Tail Wagging
- 2 Labrador Retriever Behavior: In the House
- 3 Labrador Retriever Behavior: Conclusion
Labrador Retriever Behavior by Age
Labrador Retriever Character: Adorable
The Labrador Retrievers are probably one of the loveliest breeds there is. If there are dogs that can top the lovable nature of the Labrador, I think they still have to be found!
Labradors like anything and everyone. The long, bushy tail of the Labrador rarely stops wagging, and even people who have no previous experience with Labradors begin to smile when they encounter a Labrador dog!
The lovable nature of the Labrador makes these dogs so popular and that is why they are often used as therapy dogs.
If you mix the endless energy with unshakable joie de vivre, then you have in the Labrador Retriever a breed that is geared towards always wanting to please you and that participates very much in your life.
This is a dog that will be happy when you give it a task. It can be something as simple as catching a ball or Frisbee while playing outside, or getting a beer from the fridge.
If you properly channel the high energy and intelligence of the Labrador through targeted training, then you have a great dog that will give you a lot of pleasure. It is not for nothing that the breed of the Labrador dog is leading in the use of therapy and rescue dogs.
Labrador Retriever Character: Playful
All Labs love to play. They will tirelessly drag the ball over and over again while playing the ball without showing the slightest tiredness. There are many games that you can play with the Labradors to really let them work off.
We also recommend toys that these clumsy fellows can occupy themselves with for a while!
Labrador Retriever Character: Love to Eat
The majority of Labs eat pretty much anything. Unfortunately this trait is sometimes not for the best for these dogs. It is by no means uncommon for the Labradors to consume something that is completely unsuitable for them.
From emptied rubbish bins to bitten old bicycle tubes, the Labrador Retriever will leave no stone unturned, and while other breeds have long since ended up at the vet for such consumption, the stomachs of the Labradors are relatively resistant.
Seen from the eyes of the Labrador, anything that can be put in the mouth is suitable for consumption. Also in front of designer shoes and the like, they will not stop!
So it is worthwhile to put all important things at home out of reach so that the Labrador Retriever doesn't even get the idea that this could be suitable as a small snack in between!
Labrador Retriever Temperament: Agile
Labradors have inexhaustible levels of energy, and plenty of exercise is essential for the breed to feel physically and mentally fit.
A tired Lab is a happy Lab. Without enough exercise, Labradors tend to become sluggish and fat, and this in turn can lead to a variety of problems.
Labrador Retriever Character: Shed a Lot
A home without dog hair isn't a real house with dogs, right? Labrador Retrievers are a breed of dog that notoriously shed a lot of hair and that throughout the year and not just when changing their coat.
It is advisable to visit a grooming salon with the Labrador from time to time to have the coat trimmed a little so that the flood of hair at home does not become too overwhelming. If you're a clean fanatic, this breed will turn your home upside down.
Expect to find Labrador drool on the floor and on your car window and your well-tended garden will look more like an archaeological site for dinosaur excavations with a Labrador Retriever in the house.
Digging out or burying bones is of course part of it. This breed is orally restrained, so Labradors will lick or bite anything that gets in their way. But if you look at the whole thing positively, then the Labrador is a wonderful “pre-washer” for your dishes before they are put in the dishwasher; you will never find even the smallest crumb on the kitchen floor, because the Labrador is a natural vacuum cleaner!
Of course, it is most beautiful when your outfit, after playing in the garden, has a special design with a Labrador paw print and thus brings a lot of variety to your wardrobe. Entertainment is guaranteed with a Labrador in the house!
Labrador Retriever Character: Never Growing Up
It doesn't matter if the Labradors are 6 weeks, 6 years or 16 years old, they enjoy life to the fullest at every stage of their life. The immense joie de vivre that is so typical for the Labrador Retriever is always retained; in this sense they always remain playful and, unlike other breeds, never really grow up.
Labrador Retriever Temperament: Intelligent
Okay, our Labradors can sometimes give the impression of being a bit stupid or silly, but that is deceptive, because they are very intelligent. In fact, they are among the top 10 smartest dog breeds. Here intelligence is paired with a great appearance.
Labrador Retriever Character: Easily Trainable
Labradors always try to please others and that is why they are very easy to train. They respond very well to positive reinforcers and learn quickly. Long walks in the open air are ideal for reducing pent-up energy and thus keeping your home halfway tidy.
Labradors are absolutely not suitable for a short walk for a walk in the neighborhood or a limited gardening time. You need a lot more exercise.
If you enjoy walking, jogging, hiking, camping or hunting, these dogs are the absolute perfect companions; an occasional jump into the cool water such as a lake, stream or river is part of it for the Labrador Retriever.
If you leave the Labradors alone and to themselves for long periods of time, with little mental stimulation, you can expect destructive chewing behavior and a flood of disorder and immeasurable chaos. The saying: “Idleness is the beginning of all vice..” definitely applies to this breed.
Labrador Retriever Temperament: Kind
Labs are kind and make great companion dogs. They are always happy when they can play with you, go for a walk with you or just hang out with you. Society is absolutely most important to them; they don't like to be alone.
Their demands are very low. As long as they have something to eat, enough exercise and above all your love, they are a happy dog.
Labradors are the perfect family dogs and for good reason: They are very even-tempered and get on well with everyone. With their friendly, trusting and social character, the Labradors have no tendency to behave in an evil or malicious manner and are therefore not at all aggressive, neither towards other dogs nor towards people.
This breed is not a particularly good watchdog – although they protect their family to the utmost – because every stranger is first a friend and is warmly welcomed – but if you like to be outside, are adventurous fun and have tons of energy yourself to survive the endless puppy time, then the Labrador Retriever is the perfect companion dog.
Labrador Retriever Character: Tail Wagging
Labradors are famous for their tail wagging. Their bushy tails never stop wagging and can sweep anything off the coffee table with one swing. If you ask Labrador owners about their dog's traits, they will all tell you the same thing: Labradors are incredibly loyal, lovable, friendly, and energetic.
With this dog in the family there is certainly no boredom!
Labrador Retriever Behavior: In the House
Having a Labrador at home is always an adventure as you never know exactly what they will do next. Here you will realize again and again that they are fantastic companions and bring you joy every day of your life and you will be showered with love.
Labradors are extremely easy to train because they are very intelligent and very quick to understand what you are trying to teach them.
In general, a Labrador Retriever is a very social dog and very rarely will you find a Labrador who doesn't want to play with other dogs. Labradors are the ideal pet for a family with children. They are great with kids and love to play ball or Frisbee with them outside.
They like to go for long walks and have inexhaustible energy; they are always ready to take their leash in their mouths and run to the door, ready to go on new adventures with you. But as I said, all Labs are different. Each of them has their own personality and habit.
Now and then you can also find a Labrador who is a real couch potato and who is only really happy when he can lie curled up on the couch and sleep; others tirelessly whirl around the house in search of activity!
Labrador Retriever Behavior: Conclusion
It is important not to give in too much to the Labrador's urge to eat and to ensure that the Labrador is given a balanced diet. Remember, it is easy for a Labrador to become a heavyweight, so it is really important to make sure they are eating healthy and getting enough exercise to stay lean.
The Labrador character is described as the perfect family dog. If you don't mind collecting around 50 tennis balls under the couch and having a garden that is more similar in structure to the planet Mars, then the lovable Labrador Retriever is with you in all its facets the perfect dog breed for you!