When it comes to other pets, things may become more attractive. Labrador retriever behavior with pets other than dogs like rabbits, cats, birds will depend on their personality. There are several factors related to the other pet, such as what kind of animal it is. It also depends on how other pets act around Labrador Retriever. In general, the other’s pet behavior also matters when it comes behavior of your Lab.
The behavior of Labrador Retriever around other pets is primarily positive. In this blog, you will understand the behavior of Lab around cats, rabbits, and birds. You also know why it is the best idea to raise other pets with your Lab together.
If your Lab and other pet raised together:
Contrary to traditional beliefs and vintage cartoons, many dogs, especially your Lab and other pets, get along quite well, particularly if they are raised together. No matter which pet you consider from the beginning, your Labrador treats other pets as a family. And there are very few possibilities of any fight. They may play and have fun with each other. Just like we humans give importance to our family, your Lab also understands it very well.
They will also treat other pets as their family. But keep in mind that this will only be valid when it comes to raising together from the beginning of adopting your Lab or other pet. Your Labrador may treat the family cat or rabbit gently as long as it sits quietly but eagerly chase it if it runs away. How do they react with other pets if they both do not raise together, which you will get the answer to later in the blog.
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The behavior of Labrador in front of cat:
As I already discussed, it depends on several factors. Well, many Labrador Retrievers are well-behaved towards cats. The most important factor is if both of them were raised together or not. If yes, then there is nothing to worry about, your Labrador and your cat live along without any problem. Many Experts suggest and also recommend you to introduce a cat and a dog as when they are a kitten and a puppy. This will help both of them to familiar with each other at the beginning. They both go through similar growth phases and training stages side by side and are more likely to get along as adults. If you can introduce your Labrador to a cat when they both are young, this is the best time.
The other benefit of introducing both of them at their young age is in puppyhood, the size and strength differences between your Lab and a cat. There is also a significantly less chance of accidental injury. When you add both a Lab puppy and a kitten to your family simultaneously, both grow up accustomed to other’s presence.
But when it comes to other dog breeds, not all dogs are good with cats. You may ask here then why Labrador Retriever is different from another dog breed. Labrador is one of the smartest and intelligent dog breeds. You can call them people-pleasing intelligence. The conclusion is, Labrador scores high when it comes to working intelligence.
Why is Labrador good with cats? It is because Labrador was used for retrieving rather than chasing or killing prey in the early time. Labradors don’t hold the urge to attack small animals. You might see Labrador barks after seeing any unknown cat; they just want to tell her that he doesn’t want her to enter their area. They also want to tell that cat that this area belongs to them. But, no need to worry; if you’re going to adopt a cat, this habit can be easily unlearned with some training and grooming exercise together. After training sessions, any Labrador can become affectionate with a cat that is easy to do at home.
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The behavior of your Lab around birds:
Your Labrador welcomes the birds when you introduce them. There are some pets that your Lab is likely to take too much interest in birds, especially free-ranging ones such as chickens, ducks, or geese. They also love them, and they are likely to play with them. Given her hunting instincts, she may decide that those birds are perfect candidates for retrieving practice!
Your Labrador will naturally view a bird as prey that should be chased and conquered. No matter if your Lab is timid with a less protruding prey drive than others. The instinct to hunt a bird will always be present in your Lab. You can start at a languid pace at the time of introducing your Lab to your bird. Bring them into contact with each other several times, for only a few minutes, throughout a couple of weeks. The main intention is that your Lab and a bird will eventually become comfortable together. You can increase their time of socializing.
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When you introduce a bigger size pet to your Labrador:
When you introduce your Lab to other pets, you should constantly supervise them, at least at first. When it comes to a bigger size pet than your Labrador retriever, it becomes a necessity. Supervising them can be effective in avoiding future injuries that may cause if they both start fighting. This is especially important if one of the animals is much larger than the other or capable of causing severe injuries.
Keep in mind that your supervision may be required to protect your Lab from another pet. If you introduce your Labrador puppy to an adult cat, she might really hurt them who gets a little too nosy. Cats don’t like it if a stranger animal comes to her and starts smelling. She behaves like a girl 🙂 She doesn’t like this.
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The behavior of your Lab around rabbits:
The behavior of Labrador Retriever depends on how they have been socialized with them previously. If your Lab hasn’t been socialized with a rabbit in the past, they probably will chase rabbits. It may happen because Lab’s natural instincts will cause them to chase rabbits. You can prevent your Lab from chasing rabbits anytime using some training. When Labs do chase rabbits, it may be because your Lab just wants to play with rabbits.