You will never find a better family dog than a Labrador Retriever, in my humble opinion. They are strong friendly dogs who are true friends. I took a steak bone out of Bobby's mouth once and he only looked at me to ask me why. And Joey chested up to a pit bull and won. I miss them. So do the kids.
I have a 5 year old Chocolate and a 5 MONTH old Black, both girls. They are splendid dogs, my Choc has won many agility titles and a hunting title, she's fearless and a great hunter, plus she's a noisy watch dog and sweet with the children. Talk about pit bulls, we met a loose one while we were out walking and she stared him down. Here is her "don't mess with me" stare -- I interrupted a tug of war for the toy --
The little girl is too young to do anything but pick up puppy bumpers and duck wings, but she's funny and sweet and full of puppy energy.
You could go into the pen of the boy who sired my Choc and pick up his food dish, and he would be like, "You're going to bring that back, aren't you?" He was a sweet old lovable boy, probably couldn't have found a bird in a phone booth if you poured ketchup on it (he was a show champion) but my Choc's mother was a high powered field trial bitch -- she takes after her mom. The Black is mostly field trial, has a little conformation in her so she has the proper head and the otter tail.
What kind of Lab do you think you might go for, when you decide to get another?
I also had two labs, both black, and they are without a doubt the best dogs in the world. After I had to put down my last one I thought to myself that if God has a dog sitting next to him on the throne in heaven it will be a lab. They are no doubt the best family dogs in the world.