First off, thanks to everyone here who answers questions for new guys like me. I've been reading a good bit here rexwn5and I appreciate the information.
I currently have a black lab. She doesn't hunt - just a house pet.
I'm considering another lab. It will be trained for hunting (ducks). As I've been looking at some of the most well known breeders, I've noticed that they don't offer chocolate labs. Is there some reason for this that I should be aware of? I understand that dogs should be bred for other traits above their color.
Anyone have any advice for finding a chocolate female? The broad things I'm looking for are a good hunter, smaller body, and more of a calm disposition.
My current lab is very big for a female. I'll admit she's out of shape due to her age and lack of exercise, but her frame is much larger than most females I've been around. I want a smaller one this time around and I'm trying to do my homework.
I am in middle TN, but am willing to travel.
Also - last question. My current lab has needed a TPLO surgery on both knees (well before she was out of shape). I hate the thought of having to fork out another 7500-10,000 bucks for two of those again. Is this less likely to occur with reputable breeders?