One of my neighbors has some chocolate lab pups that they are selling. I have always heard they are intelligent dogs, and good water dogs (which is a bonus for going on my boat). Don't know if they are good guard dogs.
What do you guys think?
Justin Van Dyken
Don't know if they are good guard dogs.

It depends. Many are alert/alarm barkers, but many are not. I hate the term "guard dog". I feel most large dogs can be a deterrent, but don't think counting on a dog to be a protector is ever going to be a great family choice.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
One of my neighbors has some chocolate lab pups that they are selling. I have always heard they are intelligent ... bonus for going on my boat). Don't know if they are good guard dogs. What do you guys think?

They (chocolate labs) are mediumish dark dogs. That, in and of itself, will (IMO) be a decent deterrant to most criminals.

As for whether they are good guard dogs, a lab with proper tempermant and training should, (and this is an exaggeration) be able to follow the command "Fetch the DVD" and follow it.

Marcel Beaudoin and Moogli
mediumish dark dogs. That, in and of itself, will (IMO) be a decent deterrant to most criminals.

Yep. My black dogs have always looked so much scarier than my gold dogs (not that either color has ever been very scary!).

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
One of my neighbors has some chocolate lab pups that ... they are good guard dogs. What do you guys think?

They (chocolate labs) are mediumish dark dogs. That, in and of itself, will (IMO) be a decent deterrant to most ... and training should, (and this is an exaggeration) be able to follow the command "Fetch the DVD" and follow it.

For dogs bred to have a soft mouth, Labs have amazingly strong jaws - reputed to be able to clamp with more pressure than a pit bull.
Oppie (before laryngeal paralysis and his unilateral vocal cord tieback surgery) had a bark that could rattle the windows. We measured it at about 100 dB. And he used it when people came to the door - just before he started trying to lick them to death.

Warning to the OP - Labs are wonderful, adorable puppies, but they are very active, require lots of attention and exercise, can be very goofy and destructive if they aren't getting enough of either. They're very intelligent and are often the dog of choice for service dogs - after intensive training and a year or two of maturation. Because they are so popular, they are often not well-bred and are subject to several hereditary diseases. Getting one from neighbors who are back-yard breeder (if that's what they are) might not be your best choice, especially if they don't have a health history of the dogs' family tree, going back for several generations.
FurPaw

It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Army has to hold a bake sale to buy a tank.

To reply, unleash the dog.
One of my neighbors has some chocolate lab pups that they are selling.

Oh yeah, forgot this:
You don't need to buy a lab puppy.
Go to your local shelter or rescue. There will be lots for you to choose from. if you go to a rescue, you can probably also get a good idea of the personality of the dog as well.

Marcel Beaudoin and Moogli
Warning to the OP - Labs are wonderful, adorable puppies, ... of the dogs' family tree, going back for several generations.

Ummm..that is true, now that I think about it..have met a lot of "fraidy dogs" that were labs. I always just figured they had mean owners. But, thinking back..almost all of them were labs.

Justin