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Labradors are a well-balanced, friendly and versatile breed, adaptable to a wide range of functions as well
as making very good pets. As a rule they are not excessively prone to being territorial, pining, insecure,
aggressive, destructive, hypersensitive, or other difficult traits which sometimes manifest in a variety of
breeds. As the name suggests, they are excellent retrievers. Labradors instinctively enjoy holding objects
and even hands or arms in their mouths, which they can do with great gentleness (a Labrador can carry an
egg in its mouth without breaking it). They are also known to have a very soft feel to the mouth, as a result
of being bred to retrieve game such as waterfowl. They are prone to chewing objects (though they can be
trained out of this behavior). The Labrador Retriever's coat repels water to some extent, thus facilitating the
extensive use of the dog in waterfowl hunting.

Labradors have a reputation as a very even-tempered breed and an excellent family dog (including a good
reputation with children of all ages and other animals),  but some lines (particularly those that have
continued to be bred specifically for their skills at working in the field rather than for their appearance) are
particularly fast and athletic. Their fun-loving boisterousness and lack of fear may require training and firm
handling at times to ensure it does not get out of hand—an uncontrolled adult can be quite problematic.
Females may be slightly more independent than males. Labradors mature at around three years of age;
before this time they can have a significant degree of puppy-like energy, often mislabelled as being
hyperactive. Because of their enthusiasm, leash-training early on is suggested to prevent pulling when full-
grown.[29] Labradors often enjoy retrieving a ball endlessly and other forms of activity (such as agility,
frisbee, or flyball).

Although they will sometimes bark at noise, especially noise from an unseen source ("alarm barking"),
Labradors are usually not noisy or territorial. They are often very easygoing and trusting with strangers,
and therefore are not usually suitable as guard dogs.

Labradors have a well-known reputation for appetite, and some individuals may be highly indiscriminate,
eating digestible and non-food objects alike. They are persuasive and persistent in requesting food. For
this reason, the Labrador owner must carefully control his/her dog's food intake to avoid obesity and its
associated health problems.

The steady temperament of Labradors and their ability to learn make them an ideal breed for search and
rescue, detection, and therapy work. Their primary working role in the field continues to be that of a hunting
Breed Specific Products
This book is for every owner of a
Labrador Retriever. The Lab is the
most popular dog in the world,
gracing the homes of pet owners,
sportsmen and show-dog
aficionados alike. Few pure-bred
dogs compare to the Labrador
Retriever in personality, talent and
dedication. For such a common
canine, the Labrador is uncommon
in its superior ways and abilities.
This book provides the much-
needed factual information about
Labrador Retrievers and their
ancestry, character and standard,
as well as the proper selection,
feeding, training, health care and
behavior. The new owner will
welcome advice about preparing for
the pup’s arrival, housebreaking and
preventing puppy problems.

In addition to an extremely
authoritative text, this book features
over 135 photographs in full color
that are as informative as they are
attractive. Helpful hints and
important information are highlighted
to provide easy access to everything
the reader needs to know about life
with a Labrador Retriever from
puppyhood to the senior years.
Books in Barron's Training Your
Dog series offer breed-specific
advice on virtually every aspect of
canine training, including
housebreaking, obedience to
basic verbal commands and hand
signals, retrieving, and walking on
a leash. Also covered are
humane methods of breaking a
dog's bad habits. The typical
Labrador Retriever is
good-natured by temperament
and willing to please his
master--qualities that make him
relatively easy to train. In this
book, the author takes Lab
owners step-by-step through her
time-proven training method,
which emphasizes positive
reinforcement. Instructive color
photos on most pages.