You have absolutely no idea what type of dog you want, you only know that your neighbors new dog is the cutest thing on four legs. The yellow Lab puppy which you saw in the pet store today staring at you from behind the plate glass window is even now tugging at your memory and you only just barely resist the urge to run down to the store and get it for yourself.
You want to get a dog and now that the germ of an idea has taken root in your head, you want your dog now! However, you’ve heard so many horror stories about dogs and owners not properly matching together, and heartrending stories where the dogs are so cruelly abandoned that you do think twice about impulsively getting the yellow Lab puppy.
Since you do want the yellow Lab puppy so badly however, you decide to give yourself a break and do a little research about the Labrador dog breed. By doing this you are ensuring that you get a better idea of what is expected of you in looking after your little yellow Lab puppy, and what you can expect back from the puppy as it matures to a full grown dog.
So the first thing that you will want to know is that most dogs have a generally long lifespan and the Labrador breed itself can live up to 12-13 years, and obviously depending on the dog, this can vary and you might find that your dog lives for a good 18-19 years. These are of course not the norm, but the point here is that getting a dog is a lifetime commitment. You need to know that you won’t get tired of the novelty of owning a dog and treat it carelessly or worse still abandon it.
Having gotten that out of the way, you can then go on to look at the various characteristics that you can expect in your yellow Lab puppy. These can be wide ranging, but most commonly you will find that Labradors are a very intelligent breed. They are very trainable and they have a gentle temperament. This makes them ideal companions for handicapped people, and many Labradors are taken for this purpose. Labradors also have a gentle nature which makes the ideal pet for families with young children. If they are left alone, not exercised properly, or overfed they can become sedentary, and this is really the last thing that you want to do to your frisky energetic bundle of Labrador.
Dogs are known to be very friendly animals. As you are choosing the dog that you want you may suddenly see a bundle of fluff streaking across your path. What you are looking at is that of a Labrador puppy. These gentle yet highly excited puppies are the perfect pets. You will need to think about which type of Labrador puppy that you want to adopt. This is due to the fact that the Labrador breed comes in two different types.
These breeds are the English Labrador and the American Labrador. These two dogs types have different looks which will help you when you are planning to adopt or buy one of these dogs. In the breed of dog itself there are 4 colorations which informs the breeders of what type of puppy that you are looking to add to your family.
These colors which you can find your Labrador puppy in are silver, yellow, chocolate, and black. The usual colors of the Labrador don’t include silver, this color has caused controversy among dog breeders. Some of the breeders claim that any Labrador puppy which has a silver coat is a cross with a Weimeriner. Other breeders state that the silver coat is that of a true mutation.
For those of you who lead an energetic lifestyle choosing a Labrador puppy will fit nicely into your style of living. The lab ñ as they are also called ñ is a dog which loves to swim. Unlike other dog breeds the lab is bred to swim. The webbing which is found on their paws will help them to swim. To help dog owners with grooming their puppy after it has been in a swimming bout you will see that the Labrador breed as a whole has an easy to care for and water resistant coat.
Like all puppies the Labrador puppy loves to socialize. They can be trained so that you have a well disciplined puppy. As these dogs are very active you can exercise them with no problems. You will however need to give your puppy some type of activity to keep them occupied. Without this activity and disciple the Labrador puppy will become highly destructive