Animals·Posted on 5 Jan 201725 Things You'll Only Understand If You Have A LabradorThey're the goodest boys.by Becky BarnicoatBuzzFeed Staff 1. They were so cute as a puppy it actually made your heart hurt a bit. Becky Barnicoat / BuzzFeed Such a velvety one. 2. You couldn’t believe any creature could be this soft and perfect. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Becky Barnicoat / BuzzFeed 3. But then they ran and everything was forgiven. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com 4. Their smolness was heaven, but it was over so quickly. Becky Barnicoat / BuzzFeed 5. There was that bit in the middle when they were a beautiful teenager. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @the_pupper_scout All ears and outsize paws. 6. Then they were a big boy. View this vine on Vine vine.co Such a fine dog. Look at them all growed up. 7. And they didn't fit on the sofa or chairs any more. Twitter: @ColinDeDog Although of course they still tried. 8. Talking of sofas, the way they get off one is amazing. Twitter: @CorryLea 9. But when they're big, jumping up has serious repercussions. Twitter: @Almighty_faye They're almost as tall as you when they stand, and much, much muddier. 10. Which is why training them is so very important. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com It's also one of the most fun things you can do with your Labrador. 11. And luckily Labradors are so clever and love to learn. goodass.dog Such a good student. 12. They just want to be good boys! View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Good boys and good girls! 13. Except for when they do the digging. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF stories.barkpost.com Maybe they want to go to Australia? 14. Oh, and sometimes when they eat the bad things. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com 15. Like the walls. Twitter: @randompearlsof 16. And when they fetch it, but they won't drop it. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com My bally. 17. But they always say sorry for what they did. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com 18. Your home is covered in Labrador hair. Twitter: @gingerdisco99 They shed their coats twice a year! 19. But it's all totally worth it for the greeting you get when you come home. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com 20. If you're really lucky, you have a Labrador who actually smiles. Twitter: @simonfromharlow Their smiles are all the more gorgeous for being kind of ugly. 21. They're such jolly dogs, they really are everybody's friend. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @labrador_belarus 22. They're also extremely greedy of course. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @mydogisfamily They're greedier than you, which is saying something. 23. But you can't resist spoiling them because of those eyes. Twitter: @threedogindy Happy burfday, you've been such a good boy. 24. They’re total water babies and will jump into anything. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF reddit.com If you choose to swim with them, be warned that they might try to climb on your head in the water. 25. Most of all, you know you've got the kindest, gentlest best friend, who'd do anything for you. Becky Barnicoat / BuzzFeed And you'd do anything for them.