Answer: No! Labrador Retrievers are not hypoallergenic canines as they are known to shed their hair quite regularly, although in a limited manner.
Answer: Yes! Labradors are tremendously friendly with small kids. They always remain very careful whenever they are around a young child and are known to be immensely warm, kind and gentle with all the kids. This is a perfect breed for the families who are expecting a baby or already has an infant present in the house.
Answer: Yes! Labs are extremely sociable dogs. They love to be in the company of other canines and are always looking to make new canine-friends. They also love to share their house with another pooch as they consider them to be their brothers or sisters.
Answer: Yes! Not only do the Labradors consider the other canines to be their friends and companions, but they also trust other animals such as cats to be their mates as well. Labs have no problem in sharing their things and space with other animals whether it be a canine or a cat.
Answer: No! Labradors are not highly suited to be great guard dogs. They do possess some protective instincts for their loved ones and they can become a bit alert and attentive whenever they sense a suspicious person or any kind of danger that could harm their family members, but typically, they don’t have great guarding abilities. However, these pooches can be trained to be decent watchdogs.
Answer: Yes! Labrador Retrievers are great at adapting and adjusting to new places. They fit really well in apartments and houses, but it is important to fulfill their exercise needs on a regular basis so that they can remain healthy and satisfied.
Answer: Labs are decent shedders. They shed their fur all around the year, but the quantities are fairly limited. They do, however, shed more profusely during the shedding season that comes at least once or twice per year and during that time, excessive brushing of their coat is recommended as it helps in limiting the shedding process.
Answer: Yes! Labradors are great pooches for the first-timers. People who have no experience in dog parenting can basically learn this art through the experience that they will get from raising a Labrador. These dogs are fairly easy to train, handle, groom and maintain and thus are a pretty decent option for first-time dog owners.
Answer: Only occasionally. Labradors do like to vocalize and use their voice to express themselves, but they do not do this very frequently and if an owner wants his Lab to use other means for expressing itself, then he can teach his Labrador various skills and tricks and Labs being immensely intelligent will probably learn these tricks in no time.
Answer: A lot. Labrador Retrievers are exceptionally energetic and lively canines who love to regularly release the large amount of energy that is present inside of them. On a daily basis, Labs should receive a minimum of 1-hour if vigorous exercise which can include running or jogging sessions, playing time with family members, strolling in a park et cetera. If Labs are not receiving proper sessions to loosen up their body on a regular basis, then they can become very frustrated and demotivated.
Answer: No! Labs are people loving or company loving canines. They prefer to stay in the company of others and are happy to spend most of their time with someone they know and love. And, if they are left alone in the house, then they can easily become extremely sad, dejected and dispirited. It is not at all advised to leave these dogs all alone in the house for very long periods of time as it is not good for their mental health and can easily disrupt their peace of mind.
Answer: Yes! Labrador Retrievers are always eager to please their owners with their skills and mind. These dogs are highly trainable and can learn numerous commands and tricks from their owners. And, because they are extremely devoted and obedient towards their owners, they are known to patiently listen to their owners’ commands and instructions. But, one thing to look out for while training a Lab is that these dogs don’t appreciate harsh training methods and can get hurt if their owner scolds them or treats them roughly.
Answer: Labradors are known to have fairly low grooming requirements. Their coat is only needed to be brushed once per week to avoid any matting. They do not require frequent baths to stay neat and their teeth should also be brushed only once every 10 days. Labs’ nails should be trimmed on a regular basis as long nails can be painful for the canine whenever he walks or runs.
Answer: Their tolerance to heat and high temperatures is fairly decent. These dogs can comfortably thrive in most places on this planet and thus are considered to be highly adaptable in nature. But, if the outside conditions are extremely hot (say, around 45°C), then it is a good idea for the Labs to avoid any vigorous exercise session outside the house.
Answer: Almost same as their tolerance to heat. Labs can efficiently reside in a cold and snowy region provided they are receiving all the necessary things like high-quality food, cozy shelter and a lot of exercise as all of this helps the Labradors to remain warm and comfortable in harsh and cold places.
Answer: Yes! Labrador is an immensely intelligent breed. These dogs have always remained in the top 10 in the list of most intelligent canine breeds in the whole world. And, because of their exceptional brain power and trainability, these dogs are employed by several government agencies for various purposes such as search-and-rescue, guiding and tracking, therapy et cetera.
Answer: Yes! Labs are highly sociable and friendly canines who love to meet and greet the visitors and guests that come to their house. A Lab can be seen always wagging his tail to show his fondness and love for the people who surround it.
Answer: Labs do drool but only occasionally. Most of the time, they start salivating before their meals or when someone is having something delectable in front of them.
Answer: Labrador Retriever is a pretty inexpensive breed when compared to most other canine breeds out there. The cost of bringing these canines home and then efficiently maintaining them is not that high and is pretty affordable. Also, this is considered to be a fairly low maintenance breed as the amount of work that is required to properly raise a Labrador Retriever is not extremely high and is pretty manageable as compared to most other breeds. The only area that requires a lot of work is their exercising needs and it should never be approached with a laid-back attitude.
Answer: Yes! Considering their popularity and huge demand in India, almost all the breeders are known to provide this breed to their customers without any troubles.
Answer: The average price of a Labrador Retriever puppy in India is around ₹12,000 to ₹17,000. But there are a lot of factors that affect their price in the country and because of that, the cost of bringing a Labrador Retriever puppy home can go fairly high.
Answer: Most of the Labs are happy to play in the water and swim in the pool or a lake. In the past, they were used as water retrievers, so they have a natural likeness towards the water. But it doesn’t mean that all the Labs are great swimmers or all of them likes to swim in a big water body. Many labs prefer not to be wet and do not feel very happy while swimming in a pool, so it all just comes down to personal preference and it can differ from one lab to another.
Answer: Labs are mostly found in three different colors which are as follows:
Answer: Labradors have a fairly average lifespan. They mostly live for about 10-12 years, but if provided with all the necessary aspects of life (quality food, adequate exercise, and protection against diseases), then they can surely live a lot longer than they usually do.
Answer: The common health concerns that a Labrador usually faces during its lifetime are Hip Dysplasia, Osteochondritis Dissecans, Epilepsy, Myopathy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia, and Acute Moist Dermatitis.