Junior is a black Labrador living in Denmark.
He’s a retired narcotic sniffing dog that used to work in the K9 Unit.
Nowadays, Junior spends his time exploring Copenhagen and Denmark with his dog owner, Louise.
This 10-year-old is a beautiful example of an athletic, working line black Labrador.
We spoke to Louise to learn more about Junior and the Labrador breed as a whole.
If you’d like to see more of Louise’s photos of Junior, head over to their Instagram (@junior_the_copenhagen_lab).
1) How did you first hear about the Labrador breed?
I’ve known about the breed “all” my life. I never really thought I would own one and my first dog was a Bullterrier miniature so a very different type dog.
2) Why did you decide to get Junior?
I knew Junior since he was a puppy but he was not mine until he was 4 years old. He used to work in the K9 Unit as a narcotic sniffing dog. He was retired and then I got him.
3) How would you describe the appearance of Junior?
Junior is a working line Labrador so he is very fit and you see his muscles very well. He has a beautiful shining black coat that sheds a lot.
4) How would you describe Junior’s personality?
He is always happy, always willing to please his owner and loves to work. He needs a very active life, swimming in water and food is what keeps him happy.
5) Are Labradors good pets?
I’m sure all breeds are good pets if you can provide the life the breed needs. Working Labradors need to work, and need to use their brain every day. Lots of Labradors are misunderstood and are simply too fat and you cant tell that the breed is made for working when you look at them.
6) Do Labradors suffer from separation anxiety?
I don’t really think seperation anxiety is a problem in the breed. But if you don’t train them, I’m sure it can become a problem.
7) What problems do Labradors have?
Depending on if its show line or working Labrador, I would say working Labradors here in Denmark don’t have any big health issues. Show lines have some behavior issues and some also hip and elbow problems.
8) Are Labradors hypoallergenic?
Not that I know of at all.
9) Why do you think Labradors are so popular?
Often they’re popular because they’re misunderstood. It’s an “easy” breed even when you don’t train them like you should. They just accept life no matter what they get. I think there is a huge problem with overweight Labradors and I don’t understand why anyone would get a working breed and then don’t give them an active life that they deserve.
10) Why did you start an Instagram account for Junior?
When I got Junior I did not wanna spam anyone on my Facebook account so I let Junior get my Instagram account and then it just took off.
11) What is your favourite memory or post with Junior?
I have a lot of great memories but travelling Europe and meeting so many new friends just because of Instagram is the best. We now have great friends in Switzerland, Norway and Sweden just because of Instagram and our Labradors.
12) How much did your Labradors cost?
In Denmark, Labradors are around 1100 euro.
13) Would you recommend Labradors as first-time pets?
I think Labradors are great first time pets if the owner knows what they need. Lots of positive training, keeping them slim and fit, very active life and lots of love!
14) What are the pros and cons of the Labradors breed?
The pros for me are my dog LOVES to please, LOVES to work, and simply loves life. I love how beautiful they move and how much they love water. Its a joy to live with a dog like Junior. He is always by my side, my best friend and he is just a happy loving boy.
The cons are for me that they breed show lines to heavy, not really pleasing or willing to work like the breed is suppose to. Working Labradors can have issues with their on/off buttom if you don’t train them to relax from the beginning.