Labs:Excercise -- Both dogs need excercise and if you get a field breed lab it will be the same as a Toller. These are performance dogs and need excercise time. I have seen quite a few Tollers that do not have an off switch (this can be annoying) and I can not say the same for labs. Most labs can settle down when the program is over.
I've never seen a dawg that ran a couple/few miles, swam several hundred yards that was hyperactive. In fact all mine were quite mellow after the workout.Some dogs just require more running and excercise than others...
Point taken, I think the chocolates I have had experience with were during a time period when they were popular, in fact I dont think I'd even heard of one until I was in my late teens. Then after that, I either despised the owner or the dog was expected to be alone inside 12 hours a day.harvey1b said:In theory there is no correlation to a labs color and it's disposition. "Hyperness" is somewhat a function of the genetic disposition of the dog's parents and mostly related to obedience training or a lack there of.
HOWEVER, my personal experience agrees with your observation. I have certainly seen well behaved chocolates, but they are far and away the exception and not the rule.
Here's my theory on it: Not too long ago chocolates were very popular and everyone had one (yellow seems to have taken over lately). I think the stereotype that chocolates have of being poorly behaved is a function of poor dog ownership manifested by people who wanted the "cool" thing but did not care to invest the time in properly training the dog, rather than a reflection on the potential of the dog itself. I believe that most dogs, when properly obedience trained, are not hyper by virtue of the facts that 1- they are not allowed to be hyper and 2 - they know their place in the pack which mellows the dog out.
Something just dawned on me.thewife said:I dont know what we will decide, choosing a breed has been an arduous process. We want one that will fit a family with small kids (6, 4, 1) and will be ready to work.
:rofl: :rofl: :lol: :rofl: :rofl:HNTFSH said:I think I'd let hubby pick the breed - he seems to be a good picker! :yes: :rofl: :yes: :thumbsup: