I agree to a point. I think the biggest issue with Labs lately (like many popular breeds) is really sh*tty breeding that screws up their personalities. Cocker Spaniels used to be the ultimate family dogs. Now you're just as likely to find a canine headcase as you are a sweet family dog if you get a Cocker. Normal crazy Lab puppy/teen personality aside, I do think that a lot still have sound temperaments, (as they are meant to) but I agree it's disheartening to see so many a mess from the start. I've also seen some Goldens with similarly shot temperaments from poor breeding at well.Similarly, labs have the reputation of being an all-around, easy dog, but I don't agree with that portrait either. The adult labs that I have worked at have either filled the stereotype or been incredibly reactive, protective, and not suitable for the average household. One in particular, who's owner I helped teach some basic obedience work, has run multiple yard workers/delivery people off the property, and must be walked in a muzzle because he would lunge at any man who approached within a certain radius. In addition, labrador puppies are very high energy and nippy. They are stirred to play by small, active children, but take longer to understand the rules of interaction with people- especially bite inhibition.