Thank you for the clarification. Based on comments from the show side, I thought the changes were greater than that.
Originally Posted by AmiableLabs
Also, thank you for posting this information. This way, I will now have some reference (and pictures) whenever I decide to antagonize the show breed nuts (not all of you, just some on another particular forum) that argue that the Westminster winner this year was all muscle.
I agree. I love their looks, and they all have snouts, unlike some of the ring winners today.
Originally Posted by Granddaddy
I do not believe that substantial change was made in the 30's...no where have I seen the
Rottie head on any labs from earlier times nor do want to see it now...
I own a male out of Blackwater Rudy on one side and Watermarks the Boss on the other. He so reminds me of Light Brigade (I think that it is the old lines showing through) and inevidiably someone comes up to ask about his pedigree. He also reminds me of the labs that we bought in the 60's...I still favor that old look.
(PS...please ignor my misspellings and typos...I am under the influence from TKR surgery last week)
Originally Posted by Scott Parker
That is NOT the impression I get from the folks contacting me. Some are 2000 miles away who contact me because they can't seem to find the look they want in a PET. Because of some of these boards, I can often refer them to breeders closer, thankfully! Anne
Tank and Lottie. that is a WHOLE LOT of dog in that picture
I hope the OP doesn't mind, I have a collection of English Dual Ch photos that I can add to this conversation, as well as a couple of American firsts. Give me a moment, there will have to be several posts due to the number of photos.
DC Banchory Bolo
DC Banchory Sunspeck
DC Titus of Whitmore
DC Bramshaw Bob
DC Banchory Painter
DC Lochar Nessie
Anyway, there they are. A great line up of who's who from the early history of the Labrador retriever. I can't help but notice that none of these dogs look much like what is winning in the Show ring today. I do see a closer similarity to the Field labs in type and structure, though not as exaggerated like some of today's field labs. Nice moderate dogs IMHO, I just wish there were more emphasis on producing this kind of Lab instead of the divergent movement we see that only seems to be widening the gap between field and show.
This has been a great thread. Thank you to all who have posted many pictures of all wonderful looking Labs.