Labs and Other Pets
Easygoing Labs have a reputation for getting along well with other pets. In large part, that's because they're hunting dogs and must work and play well with other dogs. Aggression should never be part of a Lab's temperament. In groups, however, Labs do play rough with each other. If you have a smaller dog, be sure to supervise play so the little one doesn't get injured.
Much of your cat's relationship with a Lab will depend on the cat itself. Cats that stand up for themselves usually rule the roost, while cats that turn tail and run are likely to get chased. Keep your Lab on lead when you introduce the two so you can control his reaction.
Can your Lab get along with cats, ferrets, rabbits, and other small, furry pets? In most cases, the answer is yes. There are always exceptions, but usually if a Lab is introduced to cats and other pets in puppyhood, they can learn to live happily together.
Adult Labs can also learn to live with noncanine pets, but you will need to provide a supervised introduction and give them time to get to know one another. Just to be on the safe side, it's best to keep such small pets as hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and birds well out of reach. Teach your Lab to “look but don't touch.”