Labradors are bubbly, bright and curious dogs and are often recommended for families. They can be over-exuberant however, and require effective training to help stop them bouncing into people and situations with too much energy! Thankfully their high intelligence makes them keen learners, especially when there is food on offer.
Labradors love to eat, and those big brown eyes can be difficult to resist. Unfortunately a big appetite, and exercise needs that often go unmet, means that Labradors are often chronically overweight or obese. This can cause serious health effects, but thankfully your local vet or nurse can help you pick the right diet for your Labrador, and also help slim your pet down if they have become a little chubby!
Labradors can suffer from serious inherited diseases such as hip or elbow dysplasia, or eye disorders. Screening programmes are available to test potential puppy parents to make sure that they are not going to pass on serious diseases to the next generation. Speak with your breeder before buying a Labrador puppy to make sure both parents have been thoroughly tested.