Labrador Retrievers are very popular family pets but there are many breeds to choose from. You might want to look for an adult dog whose temperament is obvious. Visit your local shelter or any shelter or rescue organization as they usually assess a dog's personality and can help you find the right fit. A dog one year or older also may have the added benefit of obedience training and socialization, making it easier for you both. Keep in mind that each dog can have its own individual personality while basic traits are similar, even within the same breed.