Labs can be large or small. They can have lots of energy or be a couch potato. How can you choose the dog that will be right for you?
Your adoption coordinator has a lot of experience in matching new lab owners with the labs we have available for adoption. Each adoption coordinator is the parent of at least one lab and many have several labs and / or foster regularly. Trust their advice! They may tell you that a lab that's caught your eye may not be right for you and they also may make suggestions that fall outside of what you set out to find.
There are no perfect labs! But, they all have the potential to be a fantastic member of the right family.
Labs come in a rainbow of colors. Yellow labs can be very light, almost blond or have a wonderful red tone called 'fox red'. Chocolate and Black labs are also the most common color combinations.
Contrary to popular belief, the color of a lab does not indicate its personality, trainability or energy level in any way.
Labs may have spots on their tongue or on their coat.
Over the years labs have been bred to include a range of sizes. Labs sometimes are as small as 45lbs and they can grow to be over 90lbs. The average sized lab is between 75 - 80 lbs.
Labs are strong dogs and you should choose a lab that you are sure you can walk comfortably. If a 90lb lab decides to chase a squirrel, you will be joining in the fun or need the ability to hold him / her still.
Let's face it. High energy labs will do best in high energy homes. If you're someone who loves to hike and visit dog parks and take your dog with you everywhere you go, you're probably looking for a lab with a higher energy level. If you prefer to snuggle up on the couch and read a good book for hours on end, a couch potato lab may be right up your alley.
Labs can also be mid-level energy dogs. These are labs who can run and play with the best of them but, when it's time to cuddle they're ready to settle down and show you their love.
You should find a lab that matches your lifestyle.
Some labs are very submissive and others tend to be natural leaders of the pack. It's a good idea to select the dog that most aligns with you. A leader of the pack may be more likely to put another dog in its place if it pushes the boundaries while a submissive dog may not enjoy dog parks as much as you would like.
Special Needs Labs
Some labs have special needs; either physical or emotional. Lab Rescue takes in labs from a wide range of circumstances and over the years we've discovered that our special labs offer special love. If you're someone who enjoys watching others blossom as you support them, you may find that a special needs lab is right up your alley. Learn more about special needs labs by visiting the special needs section of our adoption center.