EVEN THOUGH ALL LABS can be great dogs, you don't want to rush out and buy the very first one you see. There are a number of things to consider before you decide which pup to get. First, you'll want to decide whether your Lab will be a pet, show dog, hunting dog, or all three. You need to consider your preferences regarding a puppy or an adult dog, whether you want a male or a female, and how the dog might interact with your children or other pets. Finally, you need to be aware of all the details involved in getting a puppy, from choosing the one with the right personality and temperament for your lifestyle, to understanding all the papers that come with a pup, to knowing the right age to bring him home.