Labs are very affectionate, loyal, intelligent, and still protective of their family and property. They have a sleek coat that has water repellent properties and they do shed if in the house because of the light cycle of being indoors.
Because of their large size they do need a bigger place and room to romp. They love to retrieve, just about anything, and if you seem to be ignoring them, they will bring you their toy so you can play. Labs are good with children, but can run over some smaller children when excited. They are a great rough and tumble dog and an excellent hunter retriever. Their is a tendency toward hip dysplasia, but thanks to the efforts of the AKC and veterinarians, the incidence has seemed to decrease. Labs can also have problems with ear infections because of their swimming nature and the long ear canal. Labradors come in 3 shades, black, yellow and chocolate.
For more information on the Labrador Retriever, be sure to check out the AKC’s website.