Labradors are the most popular dogs in the U.S., according to the American Kennel Club. They make great service animals or home companions and are useful helpers on hunting expeditions. Labradors with yellow, dark brown or black coats weigh between 55 and 75 lbs. The even disposition of male Labradors makes them ideal family-friendly pets.
Male Labradors are favored as helpful, socially well-adapted and loyal companions, especially by older and disabled persons. Their winning, good-natured dispositions and general friendliness to all comers makes it easier for owners to take them into public places like supermarkets, libraries and streets. These qualities, extremely important in public sector working dogs such as police canine units, also serve the individual's needs. A bad-tempered dog only adds to the burden of age or disability. A reliable temperament is a vital quality in any service animal, which must deal with all kinds of situations and a variety of persons.
Intelligence and Alertness
The intelligent and alert dispositions of male Labradors make them fine animal helpers to humans carrying out a variety of jobs, including search and rescue dogs deployed during national and local disasters. Labradors are often trained to find missing persons and others learn to track criminals for the police. All of these are working dogs that frequently interact with the public. Some of them are true animal heroes, saving lives on a regular basis. Labradors also rely on their superior sense of smell in the sensitive work of recovering bodies after earthquakes, floods and fires.
Lack of Aggression
According to the American Kennel Club, a typical Labrador displays a, "kindly, outgoing, tractable nature; eager to please and non-aggressive towards man or animal." This reputation for a sunny disposition is one of the reasons Labradors are so popular in the U.S. today. These dogs, which originally came from Newfoundland, require plenty of exercise and firm leadership from owners. Their non-aggressive disposition makes these animals followers, rather than leaders. For example, a Labrador waits for his owner to exit through a door, rather than bounding through it himself.
A family-friendly disposition is an important quality for any pet living in a home with children. These playful and athletic dogs can accompany and keep up with older children, while displaying the characteristic gentleness of this breed when providing younger children with a patient playmate. Male Labradors are also accepting of other pets, displaying the same easy-going disposition and tolerance they exhibit with children.
By Danielle Henley
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About the Author
Danielle Henley started writing about entertainment and events in 2007. She has been published in "Memphis Magazine." Henley holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Antonio College.