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What should you consider before buying a chocolate lab puppy?

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Before buying a Labrador puppy – whether it’s chocolate, black or yellow – the potential pet owner must think about three important considerations: time, physical space and money. It is also important that the owner thinks about whether a lab is the right fit for their family and lifestyle.

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Labrador puppies in general are very friendly and people-oriented, and they adapt quite well to family environments, especially if the family includes children. The flip side of their sweet, helpful nature is that they make terrible guard dogs, so if this what an owner is looking for, then a lab is the wrong choice. Also, because labs love being around people, leaving them alone for too long is apt to make them antsy, restless and potentially destructive with household items like shoes and cushions.

They can also become quite rowdy without proper training. Therefore, it is very important that an owner thinks carefully about the time he can devote to his lab puppy – both for training and for playing games like fetch. Labrador puppies love to run around, so a tiny apartment without a yard or garden is not suitable for them. They also require regular exercise.

Cost is another important factor to consider before getting a chocolate lab, not just for its purchase, but also for food, insurance, vet bills, vaccinations, medicines and toys.

Labrador puppies are intelligent, loyal and affectionate, and the chocolate ones are super adorable, but buying one should be a carefully thought-out decision, not an emotional or impulsive one.

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