We have a 2.5 year old black lab. We orginally wanted a chocolate one as they are so beautiful but decided against it as they are prone to more genetic problems.
However, in saying that we have now found out that are black lab has some major joint issues, but he is doing ok, but we can't walk him as much as he gets sore. This is a bit of a problem as we live right near the beach as used to take him for a big run every day and i think he wonders why he can't go as often.
Anyway, he is absolutely great with our 11.5 month old. Lachie is forever climbing on him, grabbing his fur and generally harassing him but Gus just takes it all. He is quite protective of him too if anyone unknown approaches the pram while we are out walking.
I have other friends who have labs to that are great dogs.
Just be wary of the breeding lines, and don't overfeed as they are ruled by food!
Also Gus is an excellent watch dog, but also gets on well with other dogs, he has lots of 'friends' around the neighbouhood that come and visit (jump into our yard) much to my husbands disgust!
Amanda - Lachie 30/9/05, Will 20/10/07