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Labrador Retriever

Anyone ever had a Labrador Retriever or a Rottweiler??? I'm about to buy a dog and I just can't fix my mind on one...any comments on one of them so that I can make a good choice?
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Re: Labrador Retriever

Labs (or goldens) are the best family dogs around. Stable, friendly, and fun. MAke sure they have OFA health certification for hip displasia. Rotties are wonderful dogs IF you get a good one from a reputable breeder. They have more emotional issues, in my experience, and there are some bad breeders.
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Re: Labrador Retriever

The only dogs that ever hurt my GF as a shelter worker/vet tech were labs. I've asked her if it was "the law of averages" and she insists not.

Labs are real smart, high energy dogs. If you don't get them out working frequently, they can turn into terrors.

I grew up with labs and have a real affinity for yellows. They also seem to be the most mellow, followed by black. The chocolate labs seem to be real spastic (but they are cool dogs for the right family).

Don't get one from a puppy mill, labs get real inbred and they're famous for hip problems and epilepsy.



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Re: Labrador Retriever

Regardless of which breed you pick, it all depends on the lineage. There are good and bad Labs as well as Rotts or any other breed. Research the breeder...thoroughly. I currently have a yellow Lab, but I've also owned Goldens, Boxers, and Setters...

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Re: Labrador Retriever

Both are great dogs. They both need time and attention spent with them or they will end up being handfulls for sure.

Look up the AKC (american kennel club) for more breed info and good luck on the choice.

I've always like the rotties too.
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Re: Labrador Retriever

I had a brown lab for 4 years, had to get rid of it after she had problem with on leg..... hyperextension of one muscle. Like LTL sayd, HI energy dogs, but when you spend some time with them and burn that energy they are SO nice. The brown one, I've been told, have a more pupy mind..... don't know why the color has anythng to do with it

Train it good the first year and you won't regret it. I'm getting another as soon as my life is more stable.....

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Re: Labrador Retriever

I've had two labs. I currently still have one (the other died). I hope to always have a lab. They are smart, loving, loyal dogs that can do it all (retrieve, swim, good pet, etc). They are great companions and they are great family dogs, IMO.

I've never had a Rot but they are beautiful dogs. They just slobber too much!
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Re: Labrador Retriever

We are on our second lab. Lost the first one a couple of years ago to kidney failure when he was 11. The current one is a rescue that we took in when he was 5 weeks old - now he's 9 months and about 70 lbs heavier than when we got him.

Great dogs, great temperment. They do require work in the first 12-24 months and that includes excercise. These dogs were bred to have "jobs" meaning they get bored easily (bored = destructive) if you don't keep them busy. Make sure to invest in plenty of chew toys and, for God's sake, feed them good, high-quality food.

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Re: Labrador Retriever

Ah, one more thing.

Labs have more or a different oil in their coat that can get pretty nasty.

Labs are not good animals, especially indoors, for people with allergies.



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Re: Labrador Retriever

rottis tend to be very protective of everything around them especially your family which is great but not so great if you have a lot of guests,other than that there awsome dogs,either way you go get ready for a lot of chewing
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Re: Labrador Retriever

LTL is correct about the oils in the coat but it can be controlled with routine bathing. Those oils that repel water so well can make it a little challenging at bath time.

They tend to shed, as well. Might as well buy a Dyson when you pick up your pup!

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Re: Labrador Retriever

You need one of these - we now have three, including this pup my wife got for us a couple of weekends ago. They're great family dogs with wonderful temperment.
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You need one of these - we now have three, including this pup my wife got for us a couple of weekends ago. They're great family dogs with wonderful temperment.
Wow my rare Dowhiler looks just like that, except he is 15 now

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Re: Labrador Retriever

Labs are very good dogs if you like to spend time with dogs, meaning that they need attention, i had a black lab,very nice and loyal but once i was working on my bike and i guess he got jealous of my bike and it he push it with the result of some damaged fairings...not too cool but man,they give lots of love and they are good guardians.
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Re: Labrador Retriever

Another vote for Golden's. They actually shed less than the Labs and the Rotties. If you get a Lab, get one that matches the color of your carpet, you'll thank yourself later. So will your vacuum.

Whatever you get, plan on taking some classes for the first year. We are just finishing up the first 12 weeks with our puppy. It's amazing how smart the dogs really are when you take the time to properly train them.
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