What is biggest different between British field trail labs and American field trail.


There are those who believe that the British Labs are calmer and easier to manage in the blind, but I have found that to be more of a stereotype or marketing tactic than a reality. I have only noticed two big differences. First, the British Labs tend to be slightly smaller and stockier in appearance. Second, in our experience as trainers it seems that the British dogs are more prone to exhibit avoidance tendencies in training.

Over the years I have trained a number of British Labs (our dog Ella's Grandsire was an import), and as hunting dogs I just do not see a great deal of other differences. However, I firmly believe that in overall performance the American field trial lines perform better than British Labs, and for that reason we recommend that our clients purchase pups out of proven American bloodlines.

J. Paul

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