I'm not sure if some of you are genuinely asking or just being sarcastic. A dog is not a citizen, such as a human. A couple moves from Scotland to America and has a child, that child is American. As far as ancestry goes, he's Scottish (at least 1 generation prior, who knows past that).
Everyone on this thread ought know that calling a lab British has little to do with where the dog is born. It only has to do with the ancestry of the dog. Does the dog have an ancestry of Labradors who have competed in American field trials? That's an American lab, as described in these conversations. If the dog has ancestry of dogs who competed in British field trials, that's a British dog.
There is a distinction between British trial lines and other UK/European trial lines... So an Irish FTCH isn't a British FTCH, but British is the catch-all for UK dogs when discussing them in America (much to the dislike of some Irish guys I know!)
Of course, there's always mixes and everything in between... Just hoping this clarifies that a dog doesn't have to be born in England to be a British lab, nor is calling a dog born here a British lab improper usage of the term.
Yes Crackerd, Sam was an imported FTCH who then became a MH in the U.S.
So what do you call a British decendent trained with American methods....
The differences between types of labs are just generalizations, and there are always exceptions. For instance, everyone talks about British labradors (trial lines) being smaller, but I've read several posts on here of American FC line ancestry lab females who barely reach 45lbs. The bottom line is, the labs in the UK are tested differently than the labs in America... the good pedigree'd labs from the UK are from dogs who did exceedingly well in that type of testing, and the same goes for American labs. The guys in the UK train their dogs a specific way to achieve success in those tests, and American's do likewise. There is much overlap, MUCH. This forum tends to focus on the differences, which is fine.