Labrador’s have been the most popular canine in the UK since 1990 and for good reason
Their popularity becomes clear when you think about their loyal nature, gentle disposition and just the right amount of mischievous fun that flows through their veins.
Sure, they have a pesky habit of stealing any sausages left lying around, but you wouldn’t change them for the world.
If you’re lucky enough to own one, you’ll know all about these 12 traits:
1. They make the cutest puppies
There’s a reason Andrex chose a Labrador pup for the adverts and that’s because they’re the most adorable ones around.
Just look at those paws.
2. And the softest ones
As puppies, they have fur so soft that you want to nestle your face in it for ever.
And even when they get bigger, their ears still feel like velvet.
3. The downside is that their gorgeous coat leads to lots and lots of shedding
Having a Labrador requires having an excellent hoover.
They moult twice a year. Once to grow a sleek and cool summer coat and once to grow a thick and warm winter coat.
No matter how often you brush them, nothing will prevent the swathes of hair tumbling down hallways. Usually when you have guests over.
4. Everyone is a potential friend
Yes, they can get a little over-excited (read: jumpy) at new people, but that’s only because they want to be best friends with everyone they meet.
5. Sausages are their kryptonite
Even the most well-behaved Labrador will succumb to the temptation of an unattended plate of sausages.
On the flip-side you can train them to do anything you like with one in your hand.
6. They aren’t too hard to train
It’s not a complete walk in the park (we’ll come on to those next), but they’re a lot easier to train than most pooches.
They’re super-willing to please their family, so they’ll quickly learn simple tricks to make you happy.
7. Walkies are the best
Labs love to be outdoors – investigating smells and meeting new friends is what they live for.
They like about an hour of walking a day when fully grown, which keeps both of you fit and healthy.
Though they do have a tendency to get a wee bit lazy when older – they still like to be outside, but prefer sitting and watching the action rather than running head on into it.
8. Though belly-rubs are a close second
Any petting is an invitation for them to lie on their back and get a sweet, sweet belly-rub.
9. Their hips often go
And this is really sad to watch, but they never let it stop them acting like a puppy or loving you.
10. They have insane emotional intelligence
This breed has some of the kindest hearts around.
They know when to it’s time for bouncing energy and playfulness, but they also know when to chill out.
If you’re feeling a bit down, these loyal mutts will always come and rest their head on your lap in empathy.
11. And incredibly soulful eyes
Looking into a lab’s eyes is dangerous business – you may find your heart melting.
They often look much wiser than their years too.
12. They’re the best bud you’ll ever have
Super-loyal, compassionate, caring and full of cuddles.
Even if they have a slight tendency to steal your food and wear you out, you really couldn’t ask for much more in a companion.