Imo do what works for you ,not what some one else tells you to.Check out all your options. Should you choose a breeder,check references ,the parents if you can and ask lots of questions. Should you choose the humane society ,get to know the dogs and spend lots of time with the dogs. Then decide what will work for you.
IMHO.... I would adopt from a shelter. There are... as countless others will tell you.... thousands of dogs that are in need of a good home at shelters. These dogs have only a few days to live before they are killed. There are several reasons they might have been given to the pound... or picked up. SOmetimes... it is because they are heartworm positive... sometimes just because they were owned by someone who just couldn't bring them to a new home ( as in the elderly)..... some times they were just lost and picked up. Sometimes they are picked up from puppy mills and if they prove to have a good personality... they are put for adoption.
I have personally gone both routes.... I have adopted all but one of my animals from the pound. I have never been dissapointed by any of them. THe one we got from a breeder was only because we had just adopted Cinnamon from the pound to be a companion for my Kamikazi.... and Kamikazi died a week later (septic shock). Cinnamon had just had puppies a few days before we adopted her from the pound ( I dont know if the pound got her puppies... they dont tell you when they have puppies). We thought she might be more motherly to a puppy since she did not get to raise her own. So we went to a breeder.
Kamikazi and Cinnamon both having been pound puppies were wonderful. Unfortunately Cinnamon also went to the Rainbow Bridge on Monday after delivering 6 beautiful puppies. Apparently she got along with the puppy we adopted for her TOO well. Anyway.
YOu sound like you like labs and labs are ALL OVER the pound. As you someone else mentioned before.... you usually dont have to potty train them.....they are temprament tested..... and many shelters will tell you if they are heartworm positive or negative. Petfinder.com also tells you if they are special needs or if they mesh well with children. Sometimes they even have a background.
The other good thing about pound dogs.... is that you can bring them to the vet and find out if they are ill. If they prove to be too much of a problem.... you can bring them back in a few days..... but this is usually not the case. Most of the time...... I swear they know what you saved them from and are very loving and obedient. They are also less expensive from the pound. Though they do require you to have them fixed within a certain time frame to avoid unwanted babies.
It would be my recommendation to try the pound first. I bet there is one in your area that you will just fall in love with. Keep us updated on how your search is going and good luck on your new furbaby.
***Edited By: Cinnamons Mommy on 9/6/2006 10:45:19 PM*** Reason: As for breed.... research the breed traits you THINK you are interested in and see which one best suits your personality. My Chihuahuas are best for me because I am home alot and they need a LOT of love. I live in a small home so a small dog is better. The only thing I dont like about them is they can be barkers if they are not controled. Training is also recommended to get the best results.
I think there is even an online test that you can take and see what dog breed is right for you.
I'm rather computer illiterate, but one of the first things I did on the computer was to find my dog through pet finders at a local great dane rescue and I couldn't be more pleased with Shadow. Her previous owners were moving across the country and were unable to take her. Their 4 yr old painted all her nails with magenta nail polish which eventually wore off. She is a gentle giant and appropriately named for she is my "shadow" whereever I go! I would recommend trying petfinders for a local rescue. Good luck and I hope you find your right "Shadow".