They are hunters by nature and love to explore their surroundings, but can be trained to be obedient and follow just about any command. Labs are highly intelligent and are often used as service, rescue, and hunting dogs. Today, over 70 percent of guide dogs are Labs.
Labs were originally bred to retrieve fish and fishnets, so they are strong swimmers and love the water. Their dense, oily coats keep them warm and their “otter-like” tails propel them through the water. Labs don’t require much grooming–a simple brushing once a week will do. But ensuring they get enough exercise is essential, as the breed is highly prone to obesity. A swim in the lake, a walk down the block, or a romp in the yard will ensure a Lab stays physically and mentally fit.
Though they do well outside in the elements, these lovable pups are happiest when they are indoors with their families. Labs are great with children and other dogs and their playful nature makes them perfect family companions. Just don’t count on them to be guard dogs–they’re more likely to lick an intruder than attack!