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My 6 month old puppy is very mellow. I took him to the park with another yellow lab to play fetch and play.
The yellow lab, ronin was running, playing, basically very hyper. While my dog rocco just sat there. (he played for about 5 mins and then needed to rest) I try to get him to run on our walks but he looks at me and just sits down.

I thought labs were suppose to be very active. I'm not complaining because he is an awsome dog and wouldnt trade for the world, but are labs mellow dogs at 6 months.
Rocco is 6 months, 70lbs and Ronin is 8 months 80lbs. I was thinking its because he weights so much. He isnt fat though, he is just stocky. His chest is about 29"-30" easy and has a stocky build. He also has a ton of extra skin to still grow into. I can pull his skin about 1 1/2 inches from his body without him even noticing.

here is a pic from above.


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Has he always been like that? very mellow, not interested in running, etc.? if so, it might just be his personality. Some Labs are really laid back while others are total lunatics. Generally Labs are considered to be an active breed but there are plenty of exceptions.

If you are worried you might want to get his hips and elbows checked by the vet incase anything physical is bothering him.
 

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We have a lazy girl in fact we call her Lazy Lizzie ;) she likes to play for a little while but what she really prefers to do is to have a good nap...
 

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Another mellow lab here! Gracie is just a very laid back, easy going girl. She loves to retreive and swim, but she will quit when she has had enough...our other labs would run til they dropped! I agree with Trickster, next time she is at the vet, have him check her elbows and hips and explain your concern. As long as nothing is wrong with his joints...count your blessings! ;) If it is something you are interested in, he might be a good candidate to become a therapy dog! A mellow personality is a big plus when doing therapy work!

Here is a pic of Gracie just going with the flow:


Boys wanted toplay chess, Grace didn't want to move off the bed....they played about 30 minutes like that!
 

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Yet another mellow lab owner. Rocky is among the laziest labs ever. But I still keep him fairly active.

As the others have mentioned - if he has always been like that it's just his nature. But if this is new behavior it could be a sign of a health problem.
 

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I have a mellow one, too! In fact, a few years ago I had Haylee's thyroid checked because I was convinced she was just not active enough!! Everything was fine. She goes for an hour+ walk each morning and then has playtime in the park with her doggie friends in the evening -- she also swims, but she stops when she has had enough. She enjoyes just sitting around with the two lazy felines!!
 

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Peanut is also very mellow. The only time she gets hyper is when she's retrieving. But if no one wants to throw the ball she just wants to cuddle.
 

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I have a mellow here too. I think just about every picture
we have of Bella she is laying down. Infact she's on the
couch right now trying to catch a zzzzz. ::)
We have to keep her busy in the summer to help keep her
weight down.
 
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Zoey is very mellow also, sleeps when ever she can, about 20 hours a day. Merlot, on the other hand. only will sleep about 5 hours and trys to get in trouble the other 19.
 

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lablimo said:
I have a mellow one, too! In fact, a few years ago I had Haylee's thyroid checked because I was convinced she was just not active enough!! Everything was fine. She goes for an hour+ walk each morning and then has playtime in the park with her doggie friends in the evening -- she also swims, but she stops when she has had enough. She enjoyes just sitting around with the two lazy felines!!
You know I go threw a similar list of "activities" (walks, daily jogs, flyball, dog park....) after saying my dog is lazy (just like you!) and people look at me like I have a third head because to THEM - that is alot of activity/exercise ;) But we know that for a lab that is nothing :D
 
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Having a lazy lab isnt such a bad thing. I take murphy for a 45min to an hour walk, sometimes longer, come home and he is ready to play chase/fetch, after about a half hour of that he has some water, and since I have the hose on I water the plants, and he goes and attacks the stream of water, does a lap around the yard, comes back and attacks it again and again, butt tucking the whole way. After that he just walks around checking everything out over and over again, until he gets bored in which case he attacks the cushions, and then has a good ole time running around with a cushion twice the size of him in tow while I try to get him to drop it. Then I play more fetch with him to take his mind off the cushions, and sometimes when it gets dark I let him chase the laser pointer just to get him to calm down so I can relax in the house while he is out of his crate, but usually he goes brezerk on one of his toys, or just walks around knocking things over with his nose and I dont buy stuffed toys anymore because they will be de stuffed in 30 seconds. Then the next morning, repeat. He has just recently starting sleeping through the night.

I am not complaining, I love the guy, but it would be nice to relax while he is out of his crate.
 

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My first Lab was very mellow from 8 weeks until today. She spoiled me. I though MAN Labs are EASY!!!
Then along came Gryphon! LOL
Then Lily who is tireless.
Rhumba, now she is super smart like Lily, active yet mellow.
 

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Here are some pictures of my "active" labs from today. Look closely, you might miss the "active" part. ;)



 

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Thanks everyone for the comments. You have all made me feel better.
Rocco has always been a mellow dog since the day we got him. At first I thought he was depressed, but then he came around. He can get hyper when he isnt taken for his routine walks. He will run laps around the house or want to play fight. I usually take him for at least 2 40mins or more walks everyday. Just to keep him busy and my landlord has a dog that he plays with him almost everyday.
I just got nervouse because ronin was so hyper it made Rocco, my dog, look really lazy. LOL

Def not complaining, I like him a little lazy. LOL Sometimes he just chills on the couch with me and watches TV...

 

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As others have said they each have their own personality just like us. So if he has always been that way I woudln't worry about it.

I think Tal would go until he drops. If he ever gets mellow and he isn't tired, I'd really worry. Early on I referred to him as my ADHD dog..lol
 

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He sounds a lot like my Moose, and sounds like they have a similar build. Moose loves to run if I can get him out in a open field, but even then after 30 mins. he's down. He won't retrieve unless it is in water (& we aren't close to that), so other than his long walk he just kinda hangs around the house.
 
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