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Deciding on breed (lab v golden)

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I’ll start with a little background. My first dog was a rescue pit mix with complex behavior issues, I sadly lost him to lymphoma at 4 in 2014. Just before I lost my pit, I found the best chihuahua in the world on CL, we lost him at 11 years old this past month. At the end of 2014, I bought the most lovely GSD he was a dream. When my ex and I split he took the GSD and I kept the chihuahua. I still morn my GSD to this day (even though he really is living his best life with my ex).

I’m highly involved with my dogs. We’ve non-competitively done agility, obedience, I was KPA certified with my first dog, we’ve done some nose work, even tried Dock diving, rally, barn hunt. So Im looking for a dog that’s ready to work but can also settle in a household.

This will be my husbands first large dog, that’s why it’s between a golden and lab. To me the biggest difference between the golden and lab is their fur type. Other than that they feel very similar. I’ve even considered an Aussie as well, but I hesitate there because as I said, I’m looking for easy to ease my husband into large dogs.

Does anyone have any thoughts?
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If it makes you feel better, neither breed is boring as puppies/adolescents :D They're notorious land sharks as babies.

Honestly, I think it's six of one, half a dozen of the other - either would fit your requirements. Just down to personal preference. In my experience Goldens tend to have a little more personality and to be more sensitive, whereas Labs tend to be more stolid and bomb-proof. I personally like the look of a Golden more, but I'd be super picky about choosing a breeder who's emphasizing longevity and soundness, given how common heritable issues are in the breed.
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