Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
Well . . . personally I would say no just because as Jen said, they're high energy dogs. They can really make even a large house seem small. My cousin had a lab but he was constantly out in the country and Hoover was always with him, romping in the rice fields or out at the machine shop. That's the ideal setup for a dog like that. My neighbor's lab . . . psycho. Just flatout psycho. Even for a lab. I don't even watch him when I housesit anymore because, despite me playing with him every day, he destroyed the master bedroom the last time. He also almost rammed my head into a cupboard when I was trying to hold him back so I could dig his ball out from under the bed. They're strong dogs and stubborn. Since your mom isn't in great health, a high-energy dog like that may not be a good fit. If he knocked her over (and they easily can), it would not be good.
My advice? Get a corgi. They're great dogs. They come in a nice manageable size but they have big-dog attitude and a surprisingly loud bark. They don't need a *whole* lot of exercise, not like labs. But you do have to watch their diet so they don't get fat.
If you did want a bigger dog, maybe try a golden retriever? Not quite as high energy and not as liable to pull you off your feet. Shetland Sheepdogs are good too but their coats do require a lot of work. Standard poodles are awesome. They have the benefits of little poodles (ie, the non-shedding coat) but they haven't had the intelligence bred out of them like the tiny toy and teacup poodles.