The wife and I are going to adopt a Labrador puppy in the near future. We found a breeder we felt good about and put a deposit down for a pup. We have fifth pick females in the litter and one of the five is the runt. The breeder said it was the smallest runt he's ever seen survive. Except for her stunted size - she seems to be two weeks behind the others - she doing quite well. Our priority is to get a healthy dog and my gut is telling me this might not be the one. We're facing heartbreak with our two senior Labs (12 and 13 years old now) and we've experienced the early loss of a young dog in the past. While there are no guarantees, I would like to make a sound choice that gives us the best probability of another 12+ years of healthy life. The puppies will begin being chosen next week (7 weeks) and it is possible the runt may be taken prior to our selection, at which point I'll gladly accept the female that is left. The breeder has offered us third pick in an upcoming litter - will be born any day now. My question is, have any of you chosen Runts before and how did they fare?