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Affectionate, loving, gentle, highly intelligent, and loyal, Labrador Retrievers have a similar temperament to their cousin, the Golden Retriever. Whether you're looking for Labrador Retriever puppies for sale to find a wonderful hunting companion or for that perfect four-legged family member, be sure to deal with a trusted, committed breeder. The incredible popularity of the Labrador Retriever, consistently finishing in the top five most registered dogs of the year, has spawned many sellers that don't understand the breed.
There are actually two types of Labrador Retriever, the English variety (more stocky and “laid back”) and the American type (more lean and leggy). Both share most of the wonderful traits of the Labrador Retriever, including the love of play, swimming at every opportunity, hunger to learn and do a job, and gentleness with children, adults, and seniors. The American variety needs a bit more exercise to keep them from becoming high-strung and rowdy, however.
Both varieties can run for extended periods of time. Unless you are a marathoner, don't expect to outrun or out-endure your Labrador Retriever. If you are not prepared to enjoy a daily brisk walk or jog (or bicycle ride) with your Labrador Retriever puppy, be careful about the amount of food you give him/her. Without a long walk, romp through the back yard, or good swim daily, your Lab may tend to put on weight that is neither needed nor desired. At a “playing weight” of 70 to 75 pounds, your loving family member can reach 100 pounds rather quickly if allowed to become a couch potato. But, if you keep your black, chocolate, or yellow Labrador Retriever active, you will enjoy ten to twelve years of a loyal, loving, devoted companion.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|