For over 20 years the Labrador Retriever has been America's Breed!
Here's the facts:
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Height/Weight: 55-80lbs... although I've seen Labs weighing in well over 100
Exercise Levels: HIGH
Often described as the perfect family dog.
SO WHY DO SO MANY WIND UP IN RESCUES AND TURNED INTO THE POUND.
Simple, this is a dog that needs to move and needs something to do. Lab and lab mix puppies are beyond high energy often finding trouble when left to their devices. I have known Lab owners to report missing shoes, handbags, carpet corners, and even Taser Guns. For a family that works full time or doesn't have the time to devote to proper training a Lab is probably not your best bet. Labs maintain that puppy energy and zeal at least until the age of 3.
That being said, this is a dog that wants to work for you. They function well in almost all climates and love the water... ANY WATER.
When looking to rescue a Lab type dog you may want to consider looking at one that is just a bit older. That way you skip most of the wild puppy phase. You may also look for a lab mix w a lower energy dog. This may just offset the wild beast and produce you a well mannered new best friend.