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Old 07-10-2006, 09:24 PM
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Ok I am about to get a lab and would appreciate what you have to say. Please don't copy and paste large amounts, I have read the websites, I want maybe some personal experiance but if you find anything interesting on a site feel free to.
How much do they eat?
What type of brushes will I need for them?
About how much excercise do they take?
Do they like doing agility and obediance?
About how much should they weigh/how tall should they be?
Anything else, some of this I know but just want to see to get a more personal view. I have done my research just want to know EVERYTHING and be prepared.

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Old 07-10-2006, 09:33 PM
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Well, I cant give as much info as the people that have purebred labs, BUT I have a shepherd/lab mix and she has a ton of energy, she would play fetch until she dropped if I let her...

She is a very big shedder right now, and I use a Zoom Groom (can get them at Petsmart) and it does wonders with getting out dead hair..and thats all you should need

She is very small for a shepherd/lab mix...she is 20'' tall and weighs about 45 pounds
but she is only 8 months old

She gets feed Innova Adult formula and gets one cup in the morning and one cup at night (sometimes more, sometimes less)

They are very big chewers, and will chew on everything, and if bored will dig lots and lots of holes in the yard...

Thats all I can think of right at the moment...
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Old 07-10-2006, 09:38 PM
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Mine will most likely be a mix too. Thanks for the info. I have heard about the chewing, does it stop once they get older because I will not be adopting it as a puppy though I hear they last in that stage for a few years.

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Old 07-10-2006, 09:42 PM
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Mine will most likely be a mix too. Thanks for the info. I ahve heard about the chewing, does it stop once they get older because I will nto be adopting it as a puppy though I hear they last in that stage for a few years.
Well, she is still a puppy eight months old and it has gotten better, but still hasnt stopped
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:04 PM
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Mine will most likely be a mix too. Thanks for the info. I ahve heard about the chewing, does it stop once they get older because I will nto be adopting it as a puppy though I hear they last in that stage for a few years.
Both of mine are purebred AKC Labs. I'm sure you know they do very well with field work and hunting/retrieving. They also love water. I have one that's almost 4 months and one that just turned 2 years old yesterday. Our 2 year old chewed for close to 8 months. She was especially fond of chewing paper. She'd chew on newspapers, paperback books, etc. She's long since outgrown her chewing faze, so I don't believe they chew for "a few years". Each dog is different though, especially with a mix. Tira loves playing with balls and tug of war or squeaky duck toys and dummy retrievers. She loves retrieving from the water (or land) and took to hunting quite naturally. She does, however, come from a line of hunters so that played a part in her retrieving/hunting abilities IMO.
Labs can get overweight if not excersized regularly or kept on a feeding schedule. Tira weighs 70 lbs (which is the max weight for a female according to AKC standards) and is 23 1/2 inches tall (also max height). She hasn't gotten any taller since the last time I measured her and she keeps a pretty steady weight although she could stand to loose 5 lbs.

Gunner is 1 wk shy of 4 months old. At 11 wks he weighed 26 lbs. He's more of a standard "English" looking Lab. In other words, he 'looks' more like a show Lab whereas Tira 'looks' more like a hunting Lab. He loves chewing...especially potty pads (when I go grocery shopping for example and they are in their bedroom). He hasn't started losing puppy teeth yet, but Tira lost hers from 5-7 months of age. They are both very loving and friendly but will bark if someone knocks at the door unexpectedly or a stranger comes up the sidewalk (that they've never seen before) and they happen to be looking out the window. Neither have ever bitten anyone and I don't expect they ever will. Labs do shed. Mine don't usually shed alot, but Tira is now that winter is over and it's hot outside. They are hard headed and sometimes stubborn, but smart. I taught Tira how to "crawl" and Gunner how to "give paw" in a matter of 20 minutes. Sit, come, lay (or down), paw and crawl are their main things...but stay works for Tira 80% of the time now. Gunner has found his 'voice' and has taken to barking at Tira when she's ignoring him. But he listens when you tell him "quiet".

Overall they are very sweet, loyal, intelligent dogs that love to please their owners and retrieve/swim (at least mine do).
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:07 PM
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Yes, thanks LabBreeder, I forgot to mention toys,

If yours is going to be anything like mine, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT invest in a large amount of stuffed toys, get alot of squeaky toys that are very durable...
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:11 PM
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durable toys are a labs best friend. strong canvas squeaker toys (unless you're willing to sew up the soft fuzzy ones )...kong toys...rubber balls...tennis balls (real tennis balls, not the dog toy ones)...dummy retrievers....oh, and a kiddy swimming pool is REALLY fun!
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:13 PM
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durable toys are a labs best friend. strong canvas squeaker toys (unless you're willing to sew up the soft fuzzy ones )...kong toys...rubber balls...tennis balls (real tennis balls, not the dog toy ones)...dummy retrievers....oh, and a kiddy swimming pool is REALLY fun!
Yes, definitely, no kidding about the sewing LOL.... Unless you get one of those weird lab mixes that hate water
like Chloe
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:16 PM
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The experience I have with labs.............

Goofy, lovable, energetic, wants to please but hard headed (if something looks better to them.......I hope your training is reliable).

Labs do best when included in family activities and get lots of attention.
If you keep a lab on a chain, and let him off only for short times the excitability can be mistaken for being a "bad" dog. That same lab included in the family with enough attention could also be mistaken for a "well" trained dog...... If you understand what I am trying to convey.

Expect chewing and such until about two years old. Mine are great with the kids and will tolerate just about anything from anyone. They stick around close and enjoy the water.

They are all around great dogs and will adapt very well to most situations.
I imagine I will always have at least one lab around. I love the breed.

They love to retrieve.......mine goose,duck,&dove hunt during the seasons and are very obedient and reliable to bring in our game. Although we do that just for the meat and........fun.

Charlie is my kids' personal ski-doo in the summer, and pulls them around in the river like a little motor. They love it and so does he. They just grab his collar and go for a ride.

For the right family a lab is a wonderful addition. They love activity and being a part of the action.
Some problems can occur from inactivity and being fed too much. They are very food driven, and if you give in they are likely to become overweight and couch hounds. But I have never had that problem because they get plenty of excercise and stimulation.

I could just about cry seeing an overweight, under exercised lab. That is not what they are meant to be.

Anyway, good luck in finding your dog.

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Old 07-10-2006, 10:19 PM
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With mixes you never know which side they are going to take after. Some go the way of the Lab and others go the way of the other side (GSD in Chloe's case, I believe). I had a jrt/chi mix that was sooooo funny with water. She knew how to swim, but she'd start "air swimming" before she even got close to the water! It was so funny.

Tira loves water and has absolutely no gun shyness. Gunner is even less worried about guns and loud noises than Tira was at his age! He loves water but doesn't like when it stays on his face (and won't shake off). He'll paw at his head or roll around until it's dry (or you wipe his head dry).
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