Labrador Puppies: Are You Ready for One?

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Labrador Puppies: Are You Ready for One?

28 March 2022
 Categories: Pets & Animals, Blog

America's favorite breed of dog is the Labrador, and it's been this way since 1991. Everywhere you look, you see Labrador puppies for sale, which is great if this is the breed of dog you desire.

Just because everyone you know has a Labrador and you want one because they're absolutely adorable, doesn't mean you're ready. These friendly puppies turn into equally friendly but very large adult dogs, so you want to make sure you're ready for a puppy and its adult form before you commit. Like any dog, a Labrador is a large commitment that will last its entire life, and these dogs can live for several years.

Are you ready for Labrador puppies? Use this guide to help you out so you know what you're looking for when you look at Lab puppies for sale near you.

Is your yard fenced?

There are some breeds of dogs that can thrive in an apartment or even a yard that is not fenced so long as they are supervised, but a Labrador may not be one of them. First of all, the Lab was bred to hunt, and this is an active and eager-to-please breed of dog. Secondly, the Lab is a friendly and large dog that wants to run and play, both with other dogs and with its people. If you don't have a fenced yard, have a plan B and make sure you have plenty of time to take your new Lab out for walks.

Is there a companion for your pup?

Do you have another dog already or kids for your Lab to play with once you get one? Can you take your dog to work with you or will you be home much of the day to entertain one? Labrador puppies love to socialize and be with their people, and can become destructive if left alone for long hours at a time. Have a companion already — or even consider getting two Labrador puppies if you have enough room —  and make sure to give your pup plenty of socialization and attention once you buy one.

Is there a budget for veterinary care?

While Labrador puppies may be hardy and well-bred if you choose the right breeder, they still need lots of care, including shots and getting spayed or neutered. Labs are known for being gluttonous and can be prone to seizures, allergies, and eye issues, so have a budget ready for caring for your potential new pup before you look at Labrador puppies.