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Top 10 Reasons Why Labradors Are Such Awesome Dogs

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It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have an extreme adoration for labs, and I’m not the only one! If you own a lab, you surely don’t need to be convinced of how special they are. Their sweet, obedient nature, matched with their fun-loving energy makes them the best breed around. If you have yet to come across one, these friendly companions are sure to steal your heart!

1. It’s America’s favorite breed.

First off, labs won over America as its favorite dog breed for the 26th year in a row (American Kennel Club)! Not surprising, labs are awesome.

2. They aim to please.

Labs are very dependable animals, known to be very loyal and obedient. They were originally bred to be working dogs, and love having a job to do for their owners. Labs notably love to follow commands, especially when followed by receiving a treat.

3. They’re super intelligent.

This makes them such great dogs to train! They love learning new tricks, and make good hunting dogs, hence the term “retriever.”

4. They make Amazing service dogs.

Over 70 percent of dogs used by Guide Dogs of America are Labradors! Labs have been known to be one of the most successful breeds for service and guide dogs. Additionally, they have moved into becoming sniffers for police and military forces, as well as becoming excellent search and rescue dogs. Many famous Labradors are recognized for their search efforts following Hurricane Katrina, completing tours of duty in Afghanistan, and for becoming therapy dogs for veterans battling PTSD.

5. You have three beautiful coats to choose from.

Regardless of the parents’ coats, litters can have black, yellow, and chocolate lab puppies.

6. And don’t forget about the infamous silver lab.

Created by a fourth, less common gene pattern, there is also a controversial fourth color that’s been added to the bunch: the Silver Labrador Retriever. It’s still argued whether or not silvers can be considered purebred, but they are cuties nonetheless!

7. They’re high-energy.

Labradors are an energetic, exuberant breed that need a lot of exercise day to day, which makes them the perfect workout partner. Take them on a run or go for a swim, labs get excited for any kind of exercise.

8. Lab puppies are the undisputed champions of cuteness.

Hands down, labs make the cutest puppies. This one isn’t up for argument. If you don’t believe me, check out the thousands of Instagram accounts dedicated to lab puppies, documenting them as they grow up!

9. Their cuddle game is on point.

Labs love to think that they are lap dogs, and are always down for some cuddles. Try saying no to those big puppy eyes. Trust me, it won’t work.

10. They’re the all-around perfect pup.

Labs are terrific family dogs – great with kids and with other dogs. They are good-natured dogs with a very social attitude, loving just about anyone they come across.

These are just a few of the many reasons Labradors are the best dogs. Labs are always there to brighten your day, lend a helping paw, or just to be the best friend you’ve ever had.

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