Some people called them “English Labs” and “American Labs” while others refer to them as “show” and “field” Labradors. Regardless of what you call them there is no mistaking the fact that there is a definite split between types of Labradors with the ones found in the show ring bearing little to no resemblance to the ones found at field trials. In many ways, this is a real shame. A good Labrador should be capable of working in the field as well as competing in the show ring but that is no longer the case.
Show Type Labs
Also erroneously called “English” Labradors, the type of Lab seen in the show ring looks quite different from the dogs typically seen in field trials. Show bred Labs tend to be stockier dogs with heavier bone, broader skulls, a thick otter tail, and shorter muzzle. They often have a calmer temperament and are less energetic than their field line counterparts.
The calmer nature can make them easier for a pet home to handle, particularly if they are not equipped to deal with a high energy dog. The tendency to be stocky to begin with though is exasperated by the lesser amount of exercise received in many homes due to work schedules. This tends to result in obese Labs which is extremely unhealthy.
Field Type Labs
The field trial lines tend to produce a dog that is leggier, leaner, and often