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        Posted 22 January 2008 - 08:54 PM

I have been told that the easiest way to tell the two apart was this

American:
Longer face
Taller
Leaner

English:
Shorter
Stockier
Smaller face
almost "Stubby"

Please let me know if this information is true or false. Pictures would help as well. I'm not sure if Mae is either or.

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        Posted 22 January 2008 - 10:13 PM

Very true! American is the field Labrador which is fond of hunting waterfowl ( hyper with skinny head) , whereas, the English is the show dog the real deal with respect to the breed! Generally very good temperament with Block head! This is my opinion! Welcome to Blacklabrador.com and Thanks for being part of our community!!!

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        Posted 22 January 2008 - 10:18 PM

Ok...here goes with a stupid question:

I know we have English labs here in the US, but do you over in the UK have American labs?????
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        Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:40 AM

Over here we dont call them US or English labs.. they are either working or show bred.
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        Posted 23 January 2008 - 10:47 AM

I've heard many names for the two types

english/american
field/show
working/standard


The two types are so different in personality as well as body type that I wonder how long it will be till they officially "divide" the breed into the two separate types.

All labs are great but I personally prefer the field lab. Gimme that hyper high energy doggie! LOL
I admit that there are some days when I kinda wish for a more laid back lab, but it doesn't last long.
(usually those are the days I'm sick or something) he he he
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        Posted 23 January 2008 - 03:31 PM

Suzanne you're welcome to have Tessa for the week. It's hard to get her out of her bed some days. I awear she's so laid back she's practically horizontal!
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        Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:00 PM

I am pretty sure that Riley is an American, he fits the skinny head, long legs and HYPER to a T. Now for Maggie since she lived on the streets for awhile and we have no idea were she came from I would probably have to guess that she is also an American, I am not sure if she came with the hyperness or if Riley has rubbed off on her. But she has the smaller head and very long legs. Oh Suzanne how I feel your pain with busy bodies, how I would love to have Tessa for one day just to see what it is like to have a couch potato. Send her over anytime Carolyne!
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        Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:27 PM

You know? You guys are really making me think here.

Contemplating this further I think Harley has a bit of both (as far as the hyper/laid back thing)

In the morning she is more of the show type. I can't get that girl out of bed! LOL
I usually wake up with her snuggled up against me. She could lay on her back with my arm across her chest until noon if I let her.
Once she is awake though....... he he he.......... she wants to go out and fetch till my arm falls off.

Now this is the funny part. At night she usually falls asleep on the sofa while I'm on the computer or playing with my clay stuff.
When I'm finally ready for bed.... again...... can't get her to wake up! She is passed out so hard that her eyes sort of roll around when I call her name or she may just lift her head a bit before it falls back onto the cushion WHUMP. I swear she has no concept of her size. She totally expects that I can pick her up and shuffle her off to bed. I slide one arm under her chest right behind the front legs and the other arm under her belly and lift her up. I'm thinking at the time that I am lifting her onto her feet so she will wake up and walk into our room... but........ no........ her legs remain all limp and she flops her head onto my shoulder and starts snoring again!!!!!!!!!!! She really does think that either she is still tiny or I am superman! There I am holding a sleeping dog that is as big as I am, trying to get her to stand on her feet but the legs are too rubbery. Soooooooo there goes Suzanne down the hall taking teeny steps so I don't fall down as I carry this HUGE snoring baby to bed.

Am I trained or WHAT? !!!!!!!!
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        Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:57 PM

This fun little site should better sum things up as to that question. Hmmm, makes me wonder if my Rufus had a fine Englishman-lab sire his American mommy, afterall he seems to have all the attributes of both. Hope this helps.


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        Posted 23 January 2008 - 07:37 PM

Our Gunner is considered and English lab...







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        Posted 24 January 2008 - 10:05 AM

Tessa I feel is the epitamy of an English Lab. She is however very much a hunting dog and spent her youthful years at field trials. She's a bit more slender in this pic than she is now as A, it was taken over a year ago and B, she's just had a holiday at my mothers and has returned in a some what "Seal pup" status!


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        Posted 24 January 2008 - 07:09 PM

My Sobe is as American as apple pie as they would say. My brother in law has a lab that is English and i thought wow thats not to hard that dog sleeps all the time not Sobe i swear she needs a padded room sometimes she will litteraly run up walls i just thought she was bi-polar because she doesn't do anything half way when she is on she is on full force but when it's bed time she is sleeping dont even try to move her she will just lay there with dead weight all long and lean like moving a wet noodle not gonna happen
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        Posted 25 January 2008 - 06:29 AM

Nothing 'irks' me more than whern I hear, show labs are sedate, and their counterparts are hyper. This is just not true. all my dogs are true show bred all english labs.. and they also love a full day's working in the field! my dogs are as energetic as any field bred lab.. in fact I would challenge a field bred lab to work for as long as a true labrador.
a true labrador should be just as happy in the working field as curled up on your sofa at the end of the day. In my opinion a labrador should have looks and stamina.
there.. I'll climb down from my soap box now and show ya a piccie of my ever so laid back show lab.

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        Posted 25 January 2008 - 09:07 PM

I was just being facetious when I posted earlier. I just love where this forum has gone. What a hoot.
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        Posted 28 January 2008 - 03:24 PM

[quote name='mica' date='Jan 25 2008, 05:29 AM' post='8345']
Nothing 'irks' me more than whern I hear, show labs are sedate, and their counterparts are hyper. This is just not true. all my dogs are true show bred all english labs.. and they also love a full day's working in the field! my dogs are as energetic as any field bred lab.. in fact I would challenge a field bred lab to work for as long as a true labrador.
a true labrador should be just as happy in the working field as curled up on your sofa at the end of the day. In my opinion a labrador should have looks and stamina.
there.. I'll climb down from my soap box now and show ya a piccie of my ever so laid back show lab.



i didn't mean to sound like the "show Bred" labs are lazy i know that they are very hard working dogs the point i was trying to make is they also do down time no culred up on your sofa at the end of the day for sobe. She is all go or asleep in her bed thats all on and off sorry if i offended you

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        Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:02 PM

dont take any notice of me.. I'm touchy about labs is all. I am far too quick to jump n.
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        Posted 30 January 2008 - 04:25 PM

I think my lab Riley is "American".

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        Posted 31 January 2008 - 10:32 AM

Hiya, well my bailey is defo an american ( field ) lab. He is extremely hyper (all the time), long muzzle, long and lean legs, just the right build, PERFECT. Obviously i prefer the slimmer more athletic type, but both types of labrador are gorgeous.
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        Posted 29 July 2012 - 10:05 PM

Hello I live in central Indiana I was really really wanting a new English lab chocolate or black not a whole lot of $ to spend on one but we have a blak lab now named duke and wouldn't trade him for the world does anyone no someone or have someone near me that doesn't want one please contact me thx

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        Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:37 AM

I'm not sure if mine is English or not,mother looks golden lab English but dad looks Like a field Labrador to me.

My puppy hasn't had the best start to life but he is getting on the mend now.

Please let me know what you think, there are pictures of my puppy and his parents on my blog.



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