The Labrador Retriever is a balanced, extremely lively, water-loving dog with an excellent sense of smell and no inclination to bite. It is an adaptable dog and a very devoted companion. This breed loves company, so it is very far both from being aggressive and from being shy. As a very intelligent animal, it loves working for and working with its owner; it is usually obedient and responsive. Labs preserve their playfulness until their old age. Their sense of smell is excellent. Due to their company-loving nature, they feel great in a family environment.
It generally gets along fine with other dogs and, in case of proper socialization, cats and other pets as well. Labs are usually patient and kind with children. They love people and greet every visitor enthusiastically.
The coat of the Labrador Retriever can be groomed relatively easily with a metal bristle brush approximately once a week during most of the year, and a little more often during the shedding season. Due to the type of its hair, dirt and mud dries on it quickly and can be brushed off easily. Lab nails must be kept short. This breed tends to become overweight easily, so its owner must make sure not to overfeed it and to make it exercise a lot.
The Labrador Retriever can be trained relatively easily. It is an intelligent, attentive, responsive dog whose biggest desire is to please its owner.
The Labrador Retriever needs to move a lot, therefore it feels the best when it can live in a family with a sporty lifestyle. In theory, any type of exercise is suitable to keep it healthy. This breed loves water and loves retrieving; it is also ready at any time to play with a ball or take a walk off leash in nature. Labs are very adaptable, so they can be kept even in cities, in case their exercise needs are satisfied.