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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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Yea, as I said, I previously had a GSD so I completely understand shedding.

I was 100% Golden for a long while, my hesitation is that I’ve always considered both breeds kind of boring. I like a bit of personality and spunk. But I also need a dog with a solid temperament that will be good with cats and kids (and basically all ppl)...
Have you considered a flat-coated retriever?
I actually haven’t. Thank you so much for the suggestion. In my mind the Aussie and the border collie are still on the short list if I can find the right breeder.
@Lafluh43 I have a Golden and have had Labs as well. I don't really see major differences in them. Labs shed a lot and it is all the time. My golden only sheds everywhere if I don't brush him. They both have excellent prey drive, ambition to learn, also they love to please you. I have trained my Golden in a little bit of everything. I am wanting to really hone in on specific training areas such as nosework, personal protection. etc. I have him trained in retrieving water fowl. All in all they are both great dogs, and they are easy to train. Labs can be heavier than a golden. Labs can be thin or big boned, you won't be able to tell until they are older. Goldens are slimmer dogs and can weigh less. Goldens can be prone to cancer. I haven't had any health problems with my Golden boy yet. Another thing to consider, Labs and Goldens are not called Land Sharks for no reason. They will destroy anything and everything. They are heavy chewers. My Golden chewed some yearling trees in half. Chewed on chairs if I wasn't watching him closely. You will definitely have to puppy proof your home and provide plenty of chew toys. My Golden also loved the toilet paper lol! I think it just comes down to preference in all honesty. Hope this helps!
Thank you so much! Yes it really does help!
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@DaySleepers I 100% agree with what you are saying. We have one golden in our neighborhood and the husband likes him but is still hesitant. I think he had a bad experience with a large dog in the past. I feel like raising a dog from a puppy will help with the easing in. And you are also right that I’m prepared for the puppy stage, he may not be (you can talk about it endlessly but you don’t really know until you’re in it)

All that to say, I am looking at show lines/bench lines rather than field lines, to hopefully stack the deck in our favor. But this dog may end up being more “mine”, if you will, and because of that, I may just get a breed that intrigues me more (I’ve had a list since I was 14) rather than just pick the easy dog for him.
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