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What is the difference between
American and European Labrador Retrievers?

Hi there. Labradors are my specialty so hopefully I can help.

There is often confusion about Labrador 'types'. American and English is the WRONG terminology. The correct terminology is 'show' and 'field'. If you think about it">

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What is the difference between
American and European Labrador Retrievers?

Hi there. Labradors are my specialty so hopefully I can help.

There is often confusion about Labrador 'types'. American and English is the WRONG terminology. The correct terminology is 'show' and 'field'. If you think about it, the American/English terminology does not make sense -- that implies that all dogs from America are field bred and all dogs from England are show bred. Not true, as you probably know. The breed split exists on both sides of the Atlantic.

Show type dogs are bred for the ring but there are many show breeders who also compete in field work and other dog sports. Show bred Labs are stockier with more 'bone' and coat. They usually have larger, blockier heads and otter tails. They are more easy going and laid back than their field bred counterparts.

Field bred Labs are bred for working. They are high energy and high drive. They are usually taller and leaner than show types and tend to have thinner faces.

The most common type of Lab is the pet bred. Pet breds are not bred for working or showing. They are the result of back yard breeders, puppy mills or 'one time' litters.

I have three Labradors right now, one pet bred that descends from mixed show/field lines and two 100% field breds from excellent working kennels. Labs from each of the 'types' make fantastic pets providing they are given plenty of physical and mental stimulation. That said, more than anything, Labradors live for companionship.