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What is a Labrador’s Personality?

If you’re looking for a dog that can make you feel like you’re the most important and special person in the world – Labrador is the answer. But before diving deep into their personalities, which we will later, we need to understand their history and roots. Where did they come from, why were they bred, and many such questions will answer all our curiosities regarding this beautiful breed. 

Popularly known as Lab, this breed was developed in the UK to help fishermen haul in their nets and retrieve fish that slipped off the hook. This happened in the 1830s when St. John's water dogs bred by European settlers in Newfoundland were first introduced to Britain from ships trading between Canada and Poole in Dorset. These were then bred with British hunting dogs to create what became known as the Labrador Retriever. Today, they are no longer just a working dog breed but one of the most popular family companions out there. (3)

Their roles are again not just limited to companionship. They make excellent guides and therapy dogs. They are also used in various types of search and rescue missions across the globe. 

Now that we know of their origins, we can dig in a little deeper and understand more about their characteristics.

What Are the Behavior Traits of a Labrador?

A young brown Labrador Retriever looks upward with a curious expression.

They are known for their intelligence and eagerness to please humans. If we were to make a list of all the behavioral traits of these dogs, this is how it would look – 

  • Friendly and highly sociable 

  • Energetic and playful (will probably keep playing even after getting tired to please you)

  • Very affectionate. Thrives on human connection. They would love to be a part of each and every family activity.

  • Keep giving them food and they’ll be at your command 24/7.

  • Gentle and extremely patient, especially with small children. They can handle a lot of poking and prodding from little hands. 

  • Curious and adventurous. They would love to explore their surroundings and be outdoors. 

  • Even-tempered. They are rarely aggressive and are easygoing most of the time.

What are Unique Labrador Traits?

Labrador Retriever

If their personalities weren’t big enough for you, here are some really cool and unique facts about them that will make you go ‘Whoaa!’ (1)

  • They are more waterproof than your iWatch. The fact that they were used as working dogs in the Labrador Sea made them practically waterproof. The double-layer coat made of an outer layer of dense, straight longer hairs and an under layer of soft downy-like fur that acts as an insulating layer makes them ready even for the chilliest waters. 

  • They will probably win any eating competition among canines. They can keep eating and will stop only when they are not feeling well. (looks like intermittent fasting hasn’t been introduced in the canine world)

  • You can get puppies of all colours (black, yellow and chocolate) in the same litter.

What Are the Behavior Issues with Labradors?

Two Labrador Retrievers are on grass in a backyard with a wooden fence.

One particular issue that many pet owners keep complaining about is their tendency to put everything in their mouths. (don’t let your intrusive thoughts win here) They will pick and any and almost every object in the house and carry it around. This probably stems from their ancestral retrieving genes. However, it can be an issue and would need training. (2)

Their intelligence could also become a double-edged sword at times. With high intelligence comes a tendency to get bored easily in the absence of adequate mental stimulation. Sometimes boredom can lead to excessive barking or destructive behaviors. (2)

Their loyalty could also come with a high protective instinct. This may lead to barking at any type of intrusion that they think is a potential threat. However, if the barking gets too excessive, your dog may need some training. (2)

One more thing that may be a concern to some people is the tendency to jump up on you and the family. This behavior often gets promoted during their childhood when it’s all cute. However, after a certain age, their size and weight could be a problem, especially if your dog jumps up on guests. (2)

What Are the Physical Traits of a Labrador Retriever?

Among all the behavioral aspects, we seem to have missed out on the physical ones. Here are they – 

  • Average Height – 21.5-22.5 inches

  • Average Weight – 55-80 lbs.

  • Thick, sturdy bodies, broad heads, and long, otter-like tails.

  • Expressive hazel or brown eyes with pronounced eyebrows.

  • Strong and powerful jaws.

  • Solid black, yellow (which could be anything from creamy white to red fox) and chocolate are the three coat colors available.

More About Spot Pet Insurance

Labrador Retrievers have been topping the charts of the most popular dog breed in the US since decades. Looking at their beautiful personalities and strong build, we don’t see any reason they shouldn’t. But even these lovely dogs are prone to certain medical conditions during their lifetime. These include – 

  • Arthritis

  • Laryngeal paralysis

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Obesity (looking at the way they eat, this should not be a surprise)

  • Progressive retinal atrophy

  • Ear infections

  • Heart disease

With pet health insurance, you can save up to 90% of the treatment costs. Spot accident and illness plans can be used with any licensed vet in Canada or the U.S. Whether you are home, or traveling to the U.S., veterinary services your pet receives for the diagnosis, treatment, or management of covered conditions can be eligible for reimbursement. Spot’s accident and illness plans can help cover a variety of conditions including broken bones, lacerations, aggression, kidney disease, diabetes, and more. With the addition of Wellness Riders for an extra cost, you can also receive reimbursements for wellness exams, certain vaccinations, dental cleanings, and more. 

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  1. Wag. (2016, July 29). Fun facts for labrador retriever owners.

  2. 2. Baker, D. (2018, October 7). 9 common labrador behavior Problems – Loving your lab.

  3. 3. Wikipedia contributors. (2024, June 24). Labrador retriever. Wikipedia.

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