Pros & Cons of a Labrador Retriever | Dog Breeds
I'm Julia Szabo, also known as a Pet Reporter, and I am the ""Living with Dogs"" columnist
for dogster.com. I've actually written 6 books and I'm hard at work on my next one. It will
be about about dogs — that's as much as I can say right now. I love dogs and I think
nobody's life is complete without one. So I'm here to tell you about a variety of different
dogs breeds that might suit your lifestyle. I hope you'll adopt one soon.
The Labrador Retriever; is probably one of the most popular breeds in the world, certainly
in America. It's always in the top 3 of the most popular breeds. They're incredibly great
dogs, they can be trained to do so many things.
The most recent interesting application for Labradors in terms of helping humans, is,
that, they're amazing at, detecting the, sugar lows, that people with diabetes experience.
So, uh, their actually what's called ""Dogs for Diabetics"", that's the group that trains
them and what they do, is that, they take dogs, Labradors, who didn't make it through
all the way, to the ""Guide Dogs for the Blind Program"", and, for whatever reason they flunked,
maybe they liked to rearrange a person's shoes, and you can't do that to a blind person.
So, that dog still has all that amazing training. So, they're recycled to actually help people
So, um, Labs are incredible, they're very playful, they're very athletic, and they love
an athletic owner. A friend of mine, um, she's an editor and a writer, and she runs every
single day with her lab. She's actually, like, a marathon runner and the way she stays in
shape is running with her lab, and the lab stays in shape, it stays happy, it doesn't
destroy the house. Um, they're amazing water dogs. They love to be around the water. So,
if your lifestyle in anyway incorporates swimming or boating or any of those things they would
love to be with you.