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7 Great Reasons to get a Labrador

Updated on February 12, 2015
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Honey just couldn't resist a smile for the cameraBaxter displaying a rare moment of self control for the camera
Honey just couldn't resist a smile for the camera
Honey just couldn't resist a smile for the camera | Source
Baxter displaying a rare moment of self control for the camera
Baxter displaying a rare moment of self control for the camera | Source

1. Labradors are great for a game of Dress Up

Kids love to play dress up. And so do Labradors! Well, they at least tolerate it. Labradors will let your little one dress them up in pretty much anything and then they will probably wiggle out of it (ready for a wardrobe change, some might say).

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Baxter and Honey couldn't wait to see inside their Christmas stockingsHoney preparing for her ballet recital
Baxter and Honey couldn't wait to see inside their Christmas stockings
Baxter and Honey couldn't wait to see inside their Christmas stockings | Source
Honey preparing for her ballet recital
Honey preparing for her ballet recital | Source

2. Labradors love going for car rides

Our Labradors, Baxter and Honey, live for car rides! Sometimes you have to squeeze yourself through a tiny gap in the open car door just because, given half a chance, the pups will jump right in and wait for you to take them somewhere amazing. Sometimes I just take them for a quick spin round the block, just to avoid breaking their little hearts...

The door was open. What else could they do but get in and wait patiently for the ride to start?
The door was open. What else could they do but get in and wait patiently for the ride to start? | Source

3. Labradors take themselves for walks (you can come too)

Our old chocolate Labby, Maxi, used to wait for you to clip on his leash and then he would quickly pick up the other end in his mouth. There was absolutely no way for you to hold onto it, without actually sticking your hand in his mouth. But he was a good, obedient hound so when we went for walks, he was perfectly capable of holding his own lead.

Max didn't mind the company, but he was going to hold his own leash, thank you very much.
Max didn't mind the company, but he was going to hold his own leash, thank you very much. | Source

4. Labradors love to swim

All the Labradors we have ever owned and loved have all been huge fans of the water. This is great, especially if you have kids because the fun you can have with your four-legged friend in the pool or at the beach is endless!

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Baxter just  going for a quick dipAfter a lovely frolic in the Ocean, Baxter thought a good towelling might be nice
Baxter just  going for a quick dip
Baxter just going for a quick dip | Source
After a lovely frolic in the Ocean, Baxter thought a good towelling might be nice
After a lovely frolic in the Ocean, Baxter thought a good towelling might be nice | Source

5. Labradors are protective

Our Labradors are always curious as to what we are doing and usually get a bit nervous when we do odd things like climb ladders or don our wetsuits and test them in the pool. They will run around (a bit frantically) and bark warnings at us until we either coax them into joining us or we just get off the ladder!

Honey wasn't sure that the wetsuit try out in the pool was going well
Honey wasn't sure that the wetsuit try out in the pool was going well | Source

6. Labradors love to love

A day with a Labrador is a day filled with love. They are huggable, affectionate animals that will never say no to a cuddle. In fact, Honey and Baxter have both gotten into the habit of trying to, ever so slowly and gently, climb onto your lap. Sometimes you don't even notice until that last back leg gives a little kick to try get completely off the ground. And then how could you possibly be upset when they snuggle in close to you. Bless!

Honey always provided a soft head for cuddling
Honey always provided a soft head for cuddling | Source

7. Labradors can entertain themselves (just provide the toys)

Labradors are well able to entertain themselves when you are out. Just make sure that you have left toys out for them otherwise you may come home to find a giant hole dug into your lawn. Our Labbys play with everything. They even have an old go-cart wheel that has lasted for years and that they love to play tug with.

Despite this, however, your Labby will never be happier than when you are there to play too.

Baxter playing a game of Roll and Chew
Baxter playing a game of Roll and Chew | Source

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    • Eva B McConaughey profile imageAUTHOR

      Eva B McConaughey 

      3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Ah I know what you mean, my dogs are too big to climb on laps but they try it anyway...

      Thanks for the feedback Bobbi!

    • PurvisBobbi44 profile image

      PurvisBobbi44 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      I love Labradors and I once had a dog about their size named Angel she was a Cockapoo. Her mother was a tall French Poodle. She was black and beautiful.

      But since I am older now I have a Pom that weighs only 12 lbs. A smaller pet is all I can handle---I cannot pick up big dogs anymore.

      I loved your hub. And, since I am an animal lover I am going to share with Twitter and pin on My re-pin board at Pinterest, and share with H+.

      Have a great day.

      Bobbi Purvis

    • Eva B McConaughey profile imageAUTHOR

      Eva B McConaughey 

      3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hahaha, so true!

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      They do have one major downside though. They moult everywhere and you need a really powerful vacuum to clean up. They also have water resistant oil in their coats and will rub it into wall décor.

      They are also large powerful dogs that love to share your bed and push you around while at it! We had both a Yellow Lab and a Border Collie and whilst we loved the Lab dearly, I have to say that the Border Collie is smarter way more fun to play with. They will however try to herd any guests you may have! LOL

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