When someone is planning to bring home a dog, many things run through their mind. Adopting a dog is not easy, especially for first-timers. Dogs are like kids. They run around; they are playful and cheerful.
As opposed to what many believe, it takes a lot of planning and research to pick the right dog for you. One needs an answer to several questions like
- Which breed is right for me?
- What is the right age of the dog I’m planning to adopt?
- How much money would it take to raise a puppy?
- How do I take care of the dog?
People usually spend a lot of time picking the right puppy. The temperament and behavior of the dog should be suitable for the family; if you have kids at home, you should go for a playful and small dog. The weather conditions of your place should be conducive for the dog. For example Siberian Huskies cannot bear hot temperatures. Some breeds, like the Mastiff, have particular dietary requirements, and raising them can be expensive for some people.
Labs are the most cheerful and happy pups you will ever come across. A lab puppy is generally agile, intelligent, active, and likes to socialize. Sometimes, the pups can get a little stubborn and rowdy, but they can become well-mannered with good training. Their big eyes, floppy ears, and broad head make anyone fall in love with them.
An average adult lab male weighs around 65-80 pounds with a height between 22.5 to 24.5 inches, whereas for female adults, the average weight goes approximately 55-70 pounds and the height range is 21.5 to 23.5 inches.
Labradors are usually well-behaved and have a lot of energy. They always want somebody to be around and play with. A labrador is very easy to train and is affectionate towards its family. Here are some questions people generally have in mind while bringing home their labrador.
Which Color Labs are Easier to Train?
There are three different types of Labrador colors, namely golden, black, and brown. However, the color of their coat never interferes with their behavioral aspects. Training depends on the intelligence and breeding of the dog, not the color of its coat. However, there is an apparent special liking and demand for yellow labs. Many breeders prefer raising yellow labs than other colors. This has possible caused people to believe that a particular color is better than the others. Speaking of facts, there is no scientific theory to prove that the color of the coat decides the ease of training for your dog.
Which colour lab is the calmest?
Many dog owners are convinced that the color of their dog affects its personality and that the specific color of the coat is associated with higher intelligence and better temperament. Many people believe the yellow ones to be the calmest and the brown ones to be the naughtiest. It may be a coincident in some cases, but scientifically there is nothing to prove it. The color of your lab depends upon the pigmentation and is not in any form concerned with its temperament. The only deciding factor is the breeding and genetics of your puppy.
Which colour lab is smartest?
Some people think that yellow ones are smart; others consider black ones to be the most intelligent. All these are utter misconceptions and should not be believed. People who spend more time with working dogs find black labs smarter, while people who have seen therapy dogs find the yellow ones better. Veterinary doctors says that the color of the coat least affects the intelligence of your puppy.
What is the Best Way to Select a Labrador Puppy?
The challenge does not end after picking up the right breed of your dog. You need to pick up the right puppy for you. There are specific benchmarks that you need to keep in mind while doing it. So, here is a guide to pick the best labrador puppy.
Choose the right breeder: Before you bring home a puppy, always do your research on different breeders. Always look for breeders recognized by National organizations, like AKC(American Kennel Club) or TKC (The Kennel Club). Always check the background of the breeder and ask them for a personal visit to the kennel.
See The Parents: Before picking up your puppy, it is essential to check if your prospective puppy’s parents are healthy. Ask your breeder to show you the parents before finalizing everything. Check if the parents have any ailments or issues. Check how active they are and if they are aggressive or not. This will give you an idea about the health and temperament of your puppy.
Choosing the right Puppy: Check out the whole litter for any defects or ailments. A healthy labrador puppy should have clear eyes, a shiny coat, and be energetic. The puppy should be free from any parasites, fleas, or ticks. A healthy lab puppy is social and is well-behaved. Make sure the puppy has the right temperament and is not overly fearful or aggressive.
Are labrador puppies easy to train?
Being one of the most intelligent and smart dog breeds, Labradors are the easiest breed to train. A lab puppy is usually easygoing and wants to please its owner. They are affectionate and quick learners. They have a reputed history of being working dogs who retrieved (with no damage) hunted down birds for their owners. This is an evidence of the intelligence and trainability of a lab puppy. A highly motivated dog is usually very easy to train, and labradors have one of the highest food motivation. Giving them a treat or two after each training session is sure to help you.
TIP: Always maintain a consistent schedule for training your lab puppy.
Are Labs Easy to Potty Train?
This question is in the mind of a lot of people who are thinking of getting a lab puppy. Nobody wants their dog to poop anywhere in the house. It is not only unhygienic but also frustrating. So, getting a dog that is easy to potty train becomes essential. Labradors are quick learners; their intelligence and ability to socialize easily make them super easy to train, no matter what type of training it is. Perhaps this is why labs are preferred as therapy dogs, guide dogs, and search dogs. Whenever you are training your dog, always maintain consistency in your training schedule. The ideal time for potty training your labrador is between 3 and 6 months.
What type of labs shed the least?
All dogs shed hair depending on the breed and the season. When it comes to labs, they also shed hair. Labs are double-coated and majorly shed hair in the spring and fall seasons. The amount of shedding depends on the health of the dog and the season. The most common reasons for excessive shedding in Labs are:
- Dense, double coats
- Allergies or skin infections
- Stress and/or anxiety
- Poor dietary habits
With proper care of their diets, mental stimulation, and proactive approach towards any possible ailments, a pet parent can easily sail through the dreaded 'shedding.' Here are a few tips to control shedding in labs:
- regular brushing of the coat
- Including Omega-3 fatty acids in diet and supplements
- Regular massaging with oils
- Keeping them free of external mites
There is no theory that a particular type of lab sheds more hair than others. It is a misconception that may be based on the people’s personal experiences rather than any scientific reasons. You can read more on shedding in Labs, here.
Before you bring your favorite puppy home, it is good to be aware of the breed. You need to avoid any misconceptions about the breed and should be logical in your approach. Do your research and pick the best puppy out of the lot for your family. Also, its important to not expect a certain kind of behavior from a dog based on its breed. Every dog is unique and has a different personality that you will fall in love with. Happy pet parenting to you!!