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10 Reasons Why Labs Are Awesome

 Labrador retrievers, dog breeds, black labs, chocolate labs, labs family dogs, white labs

Did you know that different colored labs can be born in same litter?

It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I adore Labrador Retrievers. My fondness for them went up exponentially when we adopted our pup, Django, last year from New York’s North Shore Animal Center.

She is the perfect blend of friend, companion, and fun for our crazy family. But I’m not the only one who has a special affection for Labs. In fact, the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds for families year after year.

If you are considering a medium to large-sized dog to introduce into your family, here are 10 reasons why Labs are just awesome:

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  • Little grooming 1 of 10
    Little grooming
    Their coats are incredibly easy to care for, and they only require a bath here and there. No hair cuts or any extra grooming required, and their fur dries off in minutes because their thick outer coat naturally repels water.
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  • Original water dogs 2 of 10
    Original water dogs
    They are wonderful swimmers and have (really cute) webbed feet to help them swim well.
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  • Good potty trainers 3 of 10
    Good potty trainers
    Labs are one of the easiest breeds to train. We crate-trained our pup when she came home at 8 weeks of age, and she trained nearly immediately. She had a few accidents in the first few weeks, but once she learned that she should do her business outside, it was nearly a given. She's never had an accident after those first few couple of months.
    Image: Flickr
  • Excellent temperament 4 of 10
    Excellent temperament
    They are extremely well-suited to family life and like to feel as though they are part of a family's daily activities. Django accompanies us in everything we do. If we are in any given room, the yard, or porch, so is she. When we sleep, she sleeps. When we eat, she eats. You get the picture.
    Image: Flickr
  • They can get big, but not huge 5 of 10
    They can get big, but not huge
    Although some males can grow to 100 pounds, generally, they tend to be about 22-24 inches tall and 60-75 pounds. Females are typically 21-23 inches tall and 55-70 pounds.
    Image: A. Sullivan
  • Well-loved 6 of 10
    Well-loved
    Labs are widely considered one of the most popular breeds not only in the U.S. but in all of the world.
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  • Intelligence and service 7 of 10
    Intelligence and service
    Labs are most happy when working. They serve as guide dogs and therapy dogs and are used in fishing, hunting, and detection thanks to their supremely good sense of smell.
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  • Even a little lab will do ya 8 of 10
    Even a little lab will do ya
    There are usually many lab mixed pups available at shelters all over the country, so don't feel that you have to get a pure-bred. Our pup is a lab mix (with what, we have no idea), and she has all the adorable traits of a full-fledged lab.
    Image: A. Sullivan
  • Good health 9 of 10
    Good health
    As far as health goes, Labs are slightly prone to hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disorders but generally lead long, healthy lives.
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  • Lots of exercise 10 of 10
    Lots of exercise
    Labs need to be walked a lot. Without enough mental or physical stimulation, they can become destructive. But this can be a beneficial side effect for you and your dog, and it needn't be a chore. If you incorporate just one long walk into each day, your lab will be pleased as punch.
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