we got our long haired lab x newfoundland from a shelter, him and his puppy brothers and sisters were left in a box outside the prev night. he is a beautiful dog, ild say one of the best types out there. they need alot of exercise tho, they can get very lazy. and as you said your getting a short haired one lol i wish we did to, ours malts so badly lmao. im sure you will find the perfect puppy if you keep looking, goodluck in your search x