Labrador Retrievers are an ideal family pet. They are intelligent, loyal, friendly, patient, and eager to learn. They get along like gangbusters with kids and other pets, and can still come along for a hunt. They almost demand leadership, making them exceedingly adapted to the dog/human paradigm. They should be socialized early to prevent them from pulling on the leash, as they can be very strong. Labs make great watchdogs, service dogs, and narcotics dogs. .