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I had no idea a British golden had been so influential. Guess labs are a diff story.
For the most part, I think you're right, but there are occasionally British FTCH dogs imported into the US. I bred a bitch to a British FTCH 10 years ago. His name was Westlands Charlie, aka "Moss". His sire won the 1990 IGL Championship. Moss was reputed to have been the high pt. British FT dog in 1999 and was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the 1999 IGL Championship. So, once in a while there are FT titled British Labs brought over to the US.
Unfortunately, there are few British Lab breeders in the US who go to the trouble to title their dogs. Kirk Keene of Imperial Retrievers in southern IL has a litter of British Lab pups advertised on RTF's classifieds where not only do both sire and dam have UKC HRC HT titles, they also have their health clearances! About time somebody did it right with British Labs!
As for British Lab breeders "doing it right," breeding for American field trials ain't the objective and often that "different story" is paradoxically the sales pitch pettifoggery used against American Labs.
Breck, who are the QAA British Labs you refer to? Mine went seven of eight series in a Q and amateur the weekend she turned 16 months old, but I ran her only in a couple of derbies and Q's. They weren't my objective.
Of course she's also been trained from the start for the American way of competition
John, I'd be very interested to know about the other minor retriever breeds (from the British Isles) flatties, curlies and IWS - and the derby list regardless the timeline (the AA dogs among them as well).
Yes, of course. The North American field trial sport started with imported British Labs.
The first example I found with a little poking around is Nelgard's
Counter Point, listed with Retriever News as National Derby Champion for
1953. Her pedigree contains dogs with British-sounding names, and the helpfully listed "Eng. FTW Pettistree Dan" in the fourth generation. NFC Banchory Night Light of Wingan, in the third generation, is listed as an English import.
You folks should look to Canadian dogs who in turn were bred , brought to the US because the Canadians appear to have had closer ties to the Brits.
4 generations? There has to have been a bunch.