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#1 jessie/kerry

 

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        Posted 25 November 2007 - 10:28 PM

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        Posted 26 November 2007 - 03:05 AM

QUOTE (jessie/kerry @ Nov 26 2007, 03:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


Hi Jessie/Kerry and welcome to this great site.

I also saw the comment you placed on another thread:

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your dog is great! i have a 1 1/2 year old and a 6 month old black lab. both are AKC. i am worried about the baby because she has a "skinny" head. the big girl has a beautiful block head, but i don't really remember when she developed that. do you have any insight into when they develop a "good" head?


Please don't worry, your pup is perfectly normal, and she's still young. Some labs grow up with a big blocky powerful head, and some have a more slender, gracile cranium in adulthood. Both are full on labs. There are distinctions between "English" and "American" labs, with the English lab being the stockier of the two. A more slender build won't make her any less of a dog. If you plan on showing your dogs, then look at the breeding standard.

Have a browse through the gallery here and look at some of our pups on the site. "Benny the Bull" has a magnificent broad head, and my dog "Phoebe" is more slender. Both are 100% lab. That's just two examples. Your pups will both fit in fine here (so post some pics?) - and you shouldn't worry in case her head is the wrong shape.

Here's Benny the Bull:


and here's Phoebe:


...and there's many many more great examples of all shapes of purebred labs here (and some beautiful dogs who have a little of something else in their blood too!)
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        Posted 26 November 2007 - 05:51 AM

Bailey is also a working lab (American). The working labs were bread to be more athletic looking than their Show (English) brothers. The workers tend to have more of a drive for hunting and lots lots more energy.





the snout tends to be a lot longer than the show breed.
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        Posted 26 November 2007 - 09:31 AM

I have always been curious of this, the reason being is my neighbour has a black Lab but his head is much bigger than Ben's, Ben's head has the long snout and isnt as big and people ask me if Ben is a pure bred because he looks different to our neighbours which they class as a purebred.




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        Posted 04 December 2007 - 03:37 PM

Ian.. I must disagree with your point about show labs lacking in drive.. I have show labs and all of them LOVE to do a day's work and believe me thay can go ALL day! lol.. sometimes tires me out just watching them.
Bailey has a beautiful expression.
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        Posted 02 August 2008 - 01:31 PM

QUOTE (ian @ Nov 26 2007, 03:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bailey is also a working lab (American). The working labs were bread to be more athletic looking than their Show (English) brothers. The workers tend to have more of a drive for hunting and lots lots more energy.





the snout tends to be a lot longer than the show breed.


Baileys second picture looks a lot like Shadow's snout does! Shes the first that ive seen! haha





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        Posted 03 August 2008 - 08:42 AM

Luke has the slender snout.. but noone has ever said anything then.. " Is he a lab? " Gues he hids that chow mix awful well.

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