I'm new to this forum and came across it when researching breeds for our family (me, husband, 4.5 y/o son, 3 y/o daughter, 20 month old son). I have previously had a Labrador, Golden Retriever and a Border Collie.
We sadly lost our beautiful 4y/o goldie to a very unexpected heart attack about 8 months ago. He was running at the oval chasing a ball when it happened so at least he was happy. We're still getting over the sadness and think we'll be ready for a new pup at the end of this year or early next year.
Now I'm in the process of researching breeds - a fun and challenging task!