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Looking at getting a Lab and was curious if anyone has seen a performance difference between males and females or between blacks/yellows/chocolates? Obviously every dog is different and training is everything but maybe someone has had experience with multiples over the years!! Any input is appreciated!
 

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Once you go "Black" you'll never go back! It's the purest of the breed.
This is just my opinion I'm not a expert just a lablover but I prefer the "Runt" for a family/hunting dog! If you want a trial dog get the fattie/more aggressive pup. Also, I prefer a male that way I don't worry about heat cycles and such Plus the Males tend to be larger and can take those January mornings a bit better.
 

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I second the lab. A English female lab. They are on the smaller side and don't take up a lot of space in a boat . Also great indoor family dogs. It's crazy how they flip the switch from a indoor dog to a hunting machine. A German wire haired pointer would be my second pick. They also have the same qualities.
 

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This is my crew, I grew up with gsp's the one I have now is huge weighs in at 85 lbs but a bit of a slobbering dumb dumb, My yellow is a beast retriever but stubborn as all get out has a hard time staying once shoots are fired, the newest is a wirehaired griffon /black lab at 1 year old he's doing good super gentle super soft bit and does everything exactly the way you teach him how ever it takes him much longer to learn what to do then any dog I've had and absolutely hates hot weather.

I really think its the owner dog relationship, each of my kids spend more time with a certain dog and I am a big believer that the dog takes on the personality of who they are closest with and how happy they are.
 

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Color doesn't have anything to do with drive, neither does sex. A dog has it or it doesn't. A pedigree is a good tool, but even then it's not a guarantee the dog will have drive. Here's my yellow intact male.
 

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start with a good healthy litter that has sound breeding, no matter the color. don't pick a dog out of pity or let a dog pick you. look for desirable qualities in the pup. use the volhard p.a.w.s test or P.A.T. to help select if you need a little help. that'll get you on the right track but even the best bred dog doesn't train itself. develop a strong bond, be consistent and fair with the dog. it will return the favor.

i've had good dogs and great dogs. only 1 was a male and he is my current avalanche dog. all the rest were females. within the last 3 years i've had one in each color. individual personality has a lot more to do with who they are than color or sex. breeding and experiences from birth make up that personality. so again, choose a good breeding and treat your new companion well.
 

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And also, do you get your dogs spayed/neutered?
leave the breeding to those who have the time, money and expertise to do it right. keep them intact for about 12-18 months for bone/ ligament growth and keep a close eye on them around other intact dogs.
 

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Get a Chessie
Haha as soon as I posted this I was waiting for you to say that! After seeing yours perform that's what I was gonna get but read about them a bunch and too many saying they are not great around kids which I have 2 little ones so just figured I would stick with a Lab for now and maybe once the kids are bigger explore the Chessie breed first hand. Don't think I won't be hitting you up for advice in the near future though! ??
 

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Bring your kids over and watch my Chessie wear them out. I personally have never out of 10 Chessies ever had one that was mean but they are always socialized properly. Seriously training is a family affair around my house.


Here's my opinion for what it's worth if you going to devote the time and energy and I'm talking every day into training your first dog get a well bred lab you will fare better as a first time trainer. If you want to teach the dog to sit stay then go hunt get a Chessie. I have two females in my truck right now that are 6 months old ( 1 Chessie 1 lab) they are both training at the same pace with the same routine the Chessie has more natural ability as of now. Both these females are progressing faster than most of the males I have worked but the males are easier to hunt and live with. Do yourself a favor and buy the best breeding you can afford.
 

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If your picking a dog based solely on color of course your likely to fail. Seen some nice yellows but good yellow litters are few and far between.
 

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Haha as soon as I posted this I was waiting for you to say that! After seeing yours perform that's what I was gonna get but read about them a bunch and too many saying they are not great around kids which I have 2 little ones so just figured I would stick with a Lab for now and maybe once the kids are bigger explore the Chessie breed first hand. Don't think I won't be hitting you up for advice in the near future though! ??
Don't believe everything you read about Chessies. Most of it was written by Lab guys.
 
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