I love Labs. I love the fact that after years of waiting I have my sweet, intelligent, fabulous Star who is such a great fit for my family. I did not realize how much I did not love the shedding. LOL Star is my first Lab, and when I heard Lab's shed a lot I was comparing them to my Dalmatian Zoe, who I thought shed a lot. I had no clue. I was completely uninitiated. Nothing else makes me look twice, except when she ate the heels off of my favorite pair of strappy heeled sandals, LOL. Now, there is no real point to this text other than my newbie self laughing at my own shock. She is a wonderful dog and I wouldn't trade her for the world though. She is my son's best friend and my jogging buddy, not to mention the fact that she woke us all up when my stove had a gas leak a month ago and we were able to get out of the house unharmed. But la, the hair! LOL Did anyone else have a shocking realization when they brought their first Lab home?
I realized it years ago when we got our first lab. But we love them so much we now have three. I just go through bags faster with three & usually burn up a sweeper every few years. But they are worth it.
You will soon learn to color coordinate everything you own around her color
I thought my lab was a bad shedder...then I got an American Mastiff...He sheds like CRAZY!
I have to agree one two points though...1)everything in my house is colored to hide dog hair and 2) I wouldn't trade either one of them for the world.
Actually I just learned that I became allergic to dogs in February of this past year. I have been taking a 24 allergy pill ever since...and I will until my "puppies" are gone in their own natural time. To me it's worth the extra sweeping, vacuuming, and even extra medications. I love my dogs!
I know how your feeling. I have had lots of breeds of dogs throughout my life but Katie is my first Lab. We have always had goldens and I thought they shed horribly. The huge joke with Madison was she would lay down on our dark blue carpet and when she got up there was a police outline. She would only shed however twice a year really bad for about 2 weeks. Katie I swear leaves me enough hair to make several dogs. She sheds a lot!! Love her to death but I swear she should be bald by now. LOL
I was just coming here to say this!! Boomer is shedding like MAD. There are literally tumbleweeds of dog hair blowing across my living room. But, his hair seems longer than I'd expect for a lab (he's a lab mix); maybe over an inch I guess. I just assumed it was the shepherd in him that is causing this. Yes, he's my first lab. I vacuumed the house and after 1 DAY my entire Dyson vacuum canister was full of hair. YIKES!!! I brushed him out really well in the backyard and I swear, it looks like someone killed a cat back there, lol. Its a good thing he's cute
Boomer, yellow lab mix (born approx. March 2008)
Rescued from kill shelter and home forever Sept. 2009
Yep, it's a shocker alright. But I concur with the sentiments about how much we love and would never trade our lab for anything!
Sweet Bella Mia at Zion National Park.
I learned with my first lab how very much they shed...sweeping up fur 3 times a day, but she passed away last year and now I have 2 more..it is just a little added housework, but they are such a joy I wouldn't trade them for a million dollars.
Not a shock at all-love the tumbleweed dog hair on the wood floors-not-but would not change a thing at all with all the joy I receive it's a small price to pay.
I knew it before I got her. BUT if you are used to birds and guinea pigs... a lab isn't really worse.
But I have a wired thing going on, I don't mind the hairs at all and often think how boring it would be with a non-shedding dog. And I find it amusing when visitors start picking hair out of their clothes .
~Veronica and Nikki~
Sweet Emma, 16th of February 1996~26th of November 2010
Always in my heart and soul. Together forever, my love....
Nikki 6 months