Thursday, June 10, 2010

Why Labrador Retrievers are Good for Kids

It’s important to look at the history, temperament, health, grooming requirements, and personality of a dog who is going to co-habitate with a family that includes young children. Not all breeds are kid-friendly. Dogs that are going into homes with kids should be able to take roughhousing by children, and be patient and gentle by nature. As proven time and time again, Labradors are the best dog for young children. Especial a newborn or a toddler, as Labs are known to have great patience and mother instinct. This article will discuss this best dog breed for your child.

First of, Labradors are gentle. They are the most sought-after dogs because their good reputation with small children and small animals is known around the world. Even when they play-fight, they would never harm their master or master's children. They are very low-aggression dogs that enjoy the company of their family.

Second, Labs are tolerant and patient. They are not quick to get annoyed or upset, and will often sense when there is tension in the room. They get along well with both adults and children and can handle the unpredictable nature of kids.

Third, Labs are also protective and will look after your small tikes. Their main goal in life is to please their human owners and protect them. You have seen movies where the Lab dies to protect his master. Labs are especially designed to be great companions for the old and the young.

Fourth, Labs are great for inside dogs. They are pretty low-maintenance in terms of shedding, grooming, and bathing which is why most people who have Labs keep them inside. They don't require a lot of training or hyper-active control, they just need love and care. Labs don't have as many health problems that other dog breeds do, so you won't have to worry about your dog carrying disease to your kids. Some Labs may experience hip-displaycia but this is due to old age.

Of course other factors to consider when getting a dog for your entire family is the size of a dog, however don't over look these important factors when choosing your pup.

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Anonymous,  January 04, 2012 9:40 AM  

Dog Breed Attacks that caused bodily harm Child victims Adult victims Deaths Maulings
Akita 48 32 14 1 39
Bulldog (American) 30 10 13 6 16
Boxer 3 0 1 0 1
Chow 2 2 0 0 2
Doberman 63 42 17 7 38
Labrador 1110 495 397 104 608
Mastiff 15 10 4 3 8
Pitbull 409 231 109 58 223
Sharpei 2209 1142 658 264 1323



Source: Source: Dog attack deaths and maimings, US and Canada, September 1982 to November 13, 2006. Merritt Clifton.

Anonymous,  March 03, 2012 3:25 PM  

The person above me is a moron and/or a troll. That is a misrepresentation of the actual statistics. Lab MIXES are different than actual labradors. Labs accounted for one or two attacks during that study. Mixes were responsible for much more. That comment needs to be removed as it is grossly false and misleading.

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