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Labrador Retrievers are consistently ranked as the most popular dog breed in America according to AKC registration statistics. These dogs are friendly and fun-loving which makes them great family pets – they also love children. Although the Lab is a wonderful breed and an excellent choice for many families, they are by no means perfect. Keep reading to learn about the five worst temperament traits in Labrador Retrievers and what you can do about them.

  1. High Energy Levels – One of the things most Labrador owners will tell you is a challenge of owning the breed is their very high energy levels. Labrador Retrievers require a great deal of exercise on a daily basis to work off their excess energy. When they don’t get enough exercise, they are prone to becoming bored and destructive. There is nothing worse than a high-strung dog with nothing to do!
  2. Too Clever for Their Own Good – Something else Labrador owners will tell you about the breed is that they are talented escape artists. Somehow, a Labrador Retriever will find a way to escape from a fenced yard with a secured gate. When a Labrador Retriever sets his mind to something, nothing will stop him from accomplishing his goal. These dogs need a lot of supervision indoors as well as outdoors to keep them from getting in too much trouble.
  3. Prone to Health Problems – All dogs are at risk for developing certain health problems but the Labrador Retriever is prone to several inherited health problems which makes responsible breeding incredibly important. Some of the inherited health problems that most commonly affect this breed include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and cataracts. These dogs are also prone to heart disease, growing pains, skin allergies, and epilepsy.

  4. Easily Excited – Not only does the Labrador Retriever have a lot of energy, but they are very easily excited – many Labs go crazy when the doorbells rings and they are prone to knocking small children over in their excitement to play. These dogs are by no means aggressive or violent by nature, they just don’t always know how to contain their excitement. Plenty of early training is important to keep your Lab under control.
  5. Moderate Shedding – Though the Labrador doesn’t shed as much as some dogs, they still shed to a significant degree. This breed has a somewhat short, weather-resistant coat to protect it against cold water and weather. Although the coat is fairly short, it is still very thick and you’ll need to brush your dog several times a week to help control shedding.

Although the Labrador Retriever has some traits that might not be ideal, all dogs do – there isn’t a single dog out there that is perfect. Though no dog is perfect, it is possible that the Labrador Retriever is the perfect breed for you and your family. Just make sure to educate yourself about the positives as well as the negatives for the breed so you know what you are getting into.

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