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The British Labrador

The British Labrador retriever, also known as the English Lab, is not just a dog

registered with Great Britain's Kennel Club rather than the American Kennel Club.

English Lab also refers to a specific type of dog, which differs from the "American"

type, but is AKC registered. Many sportsmen prefer the terms "conformation" versus

"working" Labs rather than English or American. The British Labrador retriever has

North American and British roots. The breed originated in Newfoundland and Labrador,

Canada. Related to the much larger Newfoundland breed, this somewhat smaller dog

originally was used to aid fishermen in retrieving their catches. Brought to England in

the early 19th century, British sportsmen refined the breed into an outstanding

hunting dog and companion animal.

Appearance: British Labrador retrievers are smaller than the American type. A British

Lab matures at 50 to 70 pounds, while the American Lab's weight ranges between 60

and 90 pounds. With both types, males are larger than females. The English Lab has

shorter legs and a more dense coat than his American counterpart. The head of the

English tends towards the square, while the American has a longer muzzle and smaller

head. While English and American-type Labs registered with the AKC might be black,

yellow or chocolate, Labs registered with the Kennel Club also can be dark red.

Temperament: Labs, especially in their youth, are high-energy canines. The English

Lab tends to be calmer and less excitable than the American type. This temperament

trait makes them somewhat easier to train, as they are more focused and less in need

of correction than the American Lab. He's eager to please, good-natured and smart,

making the English Lab a good choice for a guide or therapy dog.

Conformation and Field Dogs: Although the English Lab might be best-known in the

show ring, judged on conformation, that doesn't mean he can't make a good field dog.

As the Pheasants Forever website notes, the difference between the English and

American Lab in the field is more about style than ability. American Labs might have

better eyesight in the field, but the English Lab might possess the better nose.

Pheasants Forever describes the American Lab as a "high energy hunting machine" and

the British type as a "calm and thoughtful hunting machine."

 

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The British

Labrador

The British Labrador

retriever, also known as

the English Lab, is not just

a dog registered with

Great Britain's Kennel Club

rather than the American

Kennel Club. English Lab

also refers to a specific

type of dog, which differs

from the "American" type,

but is AKC registered.

Many sportsmen prefer the

terms "conformation"

versus "working" Labs

rather than English or

American. The British

Labrador retriever has

North American and British

roots. The breed

originated in

Newfoundland and

Labrador, Canada. Related

to the much larger

Newfoundland breed, this

somewhat smaller dog

originally was used to aid

fishermen in retrieving

their catches. Brought to

England in the early 19th

century, British sportsmen

refined the breed into an

outstanding hunting dog

and companion animal.

Appearance: British

Labrador retrievers are

smaller than the American

type. A British Lab matures

at 50 to 70 pounds, while

the American Lab's weight

ranges between 60 and 90

pounds. With both types,

males are larger than

females. The English Lab

has shorter legs and a

more dense coat than his

American counterpart. The

head of the English tends

towards the square, while

the American has a longer

muzzle and smaller head.

While English and

American-type Labs

registered with the AKC

might be black, yellow or

chocolate, Labs registered

with the Kennel Club also

can be dark red.

Temperament: Labs,

especially in their youth,

are high-energy canines.

The English Lab tends to

be calmer and less

excitable than the

American type. This

temperament trait makes

them somewhat easier to

train, as they are more

focused and less in need of

correction than the

American Lab. He's eager

to please, good-natured

and smart, making the

English Lab a good choice

for a guide or therapy dog.

Conformation and Field

Dogs: Although the English

Lab might be best-known in

the show ring, judged on

conformation, that doesn't

mean he can't make a good

field dog. As the Pheasants

Forever website notes, the

difference between the

English and American Lab

in the field is more about

style than ability.

American Labs might have

better eyesight in the

field, but the English Lab

might possess the better

nose. Pheasants Forever

describes the American Lab

as a "high energy hunting

machine" and the British

type as a "calm and

thoughtful hunting

machine."