Pros & Cons of the Labrador Retriever Breed

Learn the pros and cons of owning a labrador retriever from dog expert Julia Szabo in this Howcast video.

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Thinking about getting a dog? Animal expert Julia Szabo gives you the pros and cons of the most popular breeds -- labrador retriever, German shepherd, bulldog, dachshund, poodle, shih tzu, chihuahua, Cavalier King Charles, pug, collie, and everyone's favorite, the beloved mutt -- in these videos. Let her help you find the best dog for you and your family.

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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 with Diabetes. 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.

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  • Julia Szabo

    Julia pens the daily "Living With Dogs" column for Dogster.com and is a frequent contributor to Cesar's Way magazine and Pajamas Media. The author of six pet lifestyle books, she frequently answers callers’ questions live on Martha Stewart Radio’s “Morning Living.” Julia’s writings on pets have been published in The New York Times “T” Magazine, The New Yorker, Fido Friendly, and The New York Post, where she penned the influential "Pets" column every week for 11 years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, she’s honored to be a member of the American Humane Association's Animal Protection Advisory Committee and the National Advisory Board of North Shore Animal League America. She also sits on the board of Darwin Animal Doctors.