I prefer some of the newer look labs vs. the downs syndrome hog head looking labs of the past. That's just my personal opinion but I'm biased toward female labs on the smaller side as well. 53-59 lbs. is the ideal weight for a female IMO. Again.....not knocking anyone's dog or preference but I like this personally. I also prefer black or fox reds but have seen many yellows that look nice. In the end it is whatever you are happy with. Color isn't as important as performance, etc. but might as well get what you like is the way I see it.