Will you update us when you find a pup? ..and or more questions?
We never did have a Lab..loved them though, a wonderful breed.
Happen to obtain, "Andi" our first Golden Retriever (my early Christmas present), then "Ranger" as we started to know what Goldens are all about :), had come to know his breeder through the Pine Tree GRC back then (Ranger is nearly 12 now) and loved his pedigree combination (the Sunfire etc lines..that go way back)..then finally (as of right now, LOL) "Sebec"..because I had a good feeling about the combination of his sire and dam pedigrees.
Be careful of what you wish for!!! :)...sometimes that wish happens!, so be prepared :)
Goldens are very much a personal dog..and that is why they do best in the home. Need lots of good exercise and mental stimulation :) Companion, hunting dog is a wonderful life. If you can see both a dam and sire in person, that is great. If not, ask questions that matter to you and inquire of the dogs in the pedigree if the info is not there.
Have you looked at K9 Data? http://k9data.com/
...it is a help. Clearances, longeivity..and pedigrees are so interesting. Good Luck!
Don't exclude Canadian breedings. We have trained and/or bred the odd nice dog......Razz, Jake, Rocky, Luke, Sprint, Boomer, RV, Stanley, Silk, Rory, Bud, Lil, Rupert, Cutter...talent, looks and longevity. There are many more so excuse me for my omissions...feel free to add. A lot of these guys have U.S. and Canadian backgrounds but were raised and/or trained in Canada and have added a lot the the field lines.
field cut + cowboy magic = Golden