|Barked: Thu Jan 1, '09 9:58pm PST |
|Belgian knows her stuff and Selli is right on as well, I agree that it's less misleading to use "bench/show" and "field" to denote type, as technically, an English labrador is one who was born in England.
It's also not just the "look" the determines which is which, as many labs in North America are simply pet-bred, which means they can have a very wide variety of looks to them as the "breeders" aren't breeding for anything in particular. So, just to muddy the waters a little more, I think it's more accurate to say the a "field" lab comes from a field breeder that competes in hunt tests and field trials with his/her dogs and is breeding for drive and workability primarily, and a show/bench lab comes from show/bench breeders who are looking for the next conformation prospect and actively show/title their dogs.
And there are many breeders who don't want to see the breed split and try to find a moderate middle, a dog who is mostly conformationally correct (as per the breed standard) but also has a lot of the retrieving drive that is such a hallmark of the breed. Baloo is technically 3/4 bench, 1/4 field in terms of his pedigree.
Clear as mud..?
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