On behalf of people who love their own dog breed, I love the Labrador Retriever. Just as everyone has their own opinion on what they like: I am in love with the Lab. They have always been there for me and never let me down.
The Labrador was breaded from a Newfoundland. In the early 19th century, they were used as a cart hauler, often carrying 200 to 300 pounds of fish. In the early 1800s, they were also used as retrievers for waterfowl hunting. According to the American Kennel Club, currently in the United States, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog for 16 consecutive years.
What is it about a lab that I love so much? Everything. There is not a single thing that I don’t like. They are the best dog in the world and these dogs are one of the nicest dogs for families.
Labs may be the most versatile dog. The dogs are amazing: they hunt, give assistance for people with disabilities, work as search and rescue dogs and sniff for drugs with the police. They are an all-around perfect companion.
Living anywhere between 10 to 13-years-old, a Labrador gives a person time to grow close to and to be loved. Growing to as heavy as 100 pounds, they usually range between 50 to 80 pounds and get rather big, offering quite a bit of protection for someone who likes to have it. They love to run. As an owner of a Labrador, I know that I have to go out and play with Lexy a lot or she will get bored and lonely. She will whimper and cry until I decide to play with her.
Some bad problems labs have are obesity, hip and elbow dysplasia, and eye problems. Labs love to eat. If they do not get enough exercise, they may become overweight. When the dogs get bigger and heavier, their hips get bad, along with their joints. They may also get cataracts, and retinal dysplasia, an inherited condition that can cause the dog to have blind spots in the eye.
In my life I owned two Labradors, a black and yellow lab. My black lab was the best dog I ever owned. Dutches was loyal, fun, energetic and always gave 110 percent. Hip dysplasia and old age, forced us to put her to sleep a few years ago. My yellow lab, Lexy, is a baby. She hates anything noisy and is afraid of thunder, guns and anything else that can make a loud noise. When she’s scared she comes crawling up next to me and gets as close as she can, for comfort. Lexy will always be my dog that I go to hug when I am sad or scared, and she will come to me when she is scared.
Anyone out there who is looking to get a great dog, get a Labrador. There are so many reasons why they make such a good dog, and they will always be there when you need them most like Dutches and Lexy.
By Jordan Erickson