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    DefaultHow do I choose?

    We are getting a new puppy at the beginning of December. We've narrowed it down to these two girls, but I can't decide! But I need to decide so the people behind me in line can pick. The one on the left is more outgoing, but she's also more aggressive, and the breeder said she would be alpha dog over our other female lab (which I'm not sure I want to have happen)

    Any thoughts from you more experienced lab owners? Oh, and we're not breeding or showing...this will be a spayed family pet.

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    DefaultRe: How do I choose?

    This is why I pick the puppies for my people.



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    OK, sell me one of your puppies! I think that's why the breeder mentioned the more dominant vs. less dominant. We brought our other lab to meet them both, and the one in the left of the picture was jumping up on her and biting her tail, and the other one just sort of wandered around her (sniffed her a couple of times).

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    DefaultRe: How do I choose?

    i would go with the one less assertive since you already have another dog.

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    Definitely, for a family pet, go for the more laid back puppy. I like higher drive bitches, but I am active in dog sports. A pushy bitch in an 'ordinary' family may be too much dog.

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    DefaultRe: How do I choose?

    This is a totally dogjective (the canine version of the human word subjective) decision! Maybe this article will help you get beyond the emotional and into the objective.

    http://www.dog-names-and-more.com/Ch...Right-Dog.html

    Good Luck!

    PS...Sheeesh! they're both tooooo cute!

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    Being the owner of a dominant dog...get the laid back pup! I would not trade Cooper for anything, he's bright, eager to learn, energetic & fun but he was a real handful to train, due to the alpha dog aspect. He really tried my patience so days..... :ugly:

    Good luck with your choice - they are both so cute!!

    Bev.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lab Boy
    This is a totally dogjective (the canine version of the human word subjective) decision! Maybe this article will help you get beyond the emotional and into the objective.

    http://www.dog-names-and-more.com/Ch...Right-Dog.html

    Good Luck!

    PS...Sheeesh! they're both tooooo cute!
    Why are you pushing your website?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Slappy McCracken
    Being the owner of a dominant dog...get the laid back pup! I would not trade Cooper for anything, he's bright, eager to learn, energetic & fun but he was a real handful to train, due to the alpha dog aspect. He really tried my patience so days..... :ugly:

    Good luck with your choice - they are both so cute!!

    Bev.
    Second this

    Angus tends to be high-drive, and it ended up working out for us because it got me into dog sports and training, something I'd always sort of wanted to do. But it *really* took a lot of commitment to match his drive. My last dog, Crash, was a couch potato from the time we brought him home, so high-drive was a big change for me.

    Crash was the mildly-interested sniffer, like the second dog you described. Angus was the tail-biter. I love my Angus more than I can even say, but Crash was SO much easier.


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    DefaultRe: How do I choose?

    Alfie is very high drive and difficult lol I would go for the laid back pup

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