What Are Labrador-Specific Behavior Traits?

by Naomi Millburn
    Labrador retrievers are usually adept runners and swimmers.

    Labrador retrievers are usually adept runners and swimmers.

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    Labrador retrievers are much admired canines, staunch presences in homes internationally. The typically vigilant and peppy midsize to large dogs are respected and adored by people for many reasons, including the common and specific behavioral traits that are frequently associated with them.

    When it comes to swiftness in training, Labrador retrievers are one of the most responsive breeds around, according to the Animal Planet website. Labrador retrievers tend to be pliable dogs -- easy to train and happy to comply; it's rare for Labs to be stubborn about following instructions when training's proper and lifestyle is healthy.

    Labrador retrievers typically have measured and steady temperaments. They are not usually unpredictable or erratic canines. That doesn't mean they won't bark at a stranger or chase a mole. Their fur appears in three colors, which are deep brown, yellow and black. Their temperaments are believed to be similar regardless of coloration, the Puget Sound Labrador Retriever Association says.

    Labrador retrievers are also frequently considered to have sweet, tender and affectionate basic temperaments. They usually enjoy making the people in their lives happy, flourishing in their company. They are not loners in any remote sense; they blossom when provided with sufficient positive interaction with human beings.

    Canines of this breed have an abundance of positive qualities, although "dainty" and "refined" are probably not commonly used adjectives in describing them. Labrador retrievers are often bundles of energy and liveliness, and as a result can sometimes be a little on the boisterous side -- think rapid running around your living room in circles, for example. Regular daily exercise is imperative for keeping these cuties content, healthy and properly behaved. As they mature, they become much less rambunctious.

    One trait that is often linked to Labrador retrievers is cleverness. As service dogs, Labrador retrievers are employed in many types of jobs, according to Margaret A. Gilbert of DogChannel.com. Some of the diverse tasks frequently assigned to Labrador retriever service dogs are helping visually impaired persons make their way around, sniffing for cancer, providing emotional support for people in hospitals and assisting the deaf.

    Labrador retrievers get along well with adult and young adult humans, and they're good matches for fellow pets. As with any other breed, however, it is important to properly monitor and train these dogs before allowing them to be around children. Labrador retrievers tend to do extremely well alongside kids, indicates the DogChannel.com website.

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    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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