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    Default Biggest Labrador Show in North America / Potomac

    Each year the Show breeders flock to Potomac to show who has bred the biggest Labrador, with more bone and substance and long wavy extra full coats.

    They don't care that they have 120 lb lumbering studs who couldn't do five minutes of hunting. They have created an entirely new breed of dog.

    Yes the Gap between a Field Labrador and a Show type keeps getting bigger... sadly ...

    Winner at Potomac 2014
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    BOS at Potomac 2014
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    Go to the linked web pages... tell me if you think Show Breeders understand the standard? So many got upset at the Westminster results because it was on TV. This is the reason. Behind the scenes those Westminster winners are peanuts compared to what gets rewarded at Potomac.
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    I hope I don't get any of CH Lard Ass of Biscuits and Sausage Gravy in my dogs pedigree.

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    I decided to flick through the rest of one of the websites. Found this nice girl under "Girls of the past" http://www.blackwinglabradors.com/bi...e---dusty.html

    Much closer to those illustrations in the breed standard.

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    Popularity can do that to any breed. I guess the bonus to the lab is that we HAVE two separate and completely different gene pools that define two very different phenotypes, thank God. Anyone who goes to an HT (junior) and watches show labs try to get working certs know what I mean. At least with other show-based breeds they move like lightening and have a lot of desire just no skills to actually find the bird even if they stepped on it (one actually did). The show/english/fat labs, whatever you want to call them, look horrid and just go about everything in a "I hope after I get this thing I get a hot dog," way.

    A dog show basically looks like a circus to me. Why someone would participate to showcase a breed standard and leave the actual function in the garbage can is beyond me. It literally goes against the very nature of selection. These labs have no increased function as a result of this type of breeding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billie View Post
    I see the WB as way more an eyesore than the WD. (though hes also not my cup of tea-). So extreme--- to each their own. The Squatlies always reminds me of Forestt Gump when he saw Luitenant Dan the first time in a wheelchair and he says, "Luitenant Dan- What happened to your Legs?!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrrichar View Post
    Popularity can do that to any breed. I guess the bonus to the lab is that we HAVE two separate and completely different gene pools that define two very different phenotypes, thank God. Anyone who goes to an HT (junior) and watches show labs try to get working certs know what I mean. At least with other show-based breeds they move like lightening and have a lot of desire just no skills to actually find the bird even if they stepped on it (one actually did). The show/english/fat labs, whatever you want to call them, look horrid and just go about everything in a "I hope after I get this thing I get a hot dog," way.

    A dog show basically looks like a circus to me. Why someone would participate to showcase a breed standard and leave the actual function in the garbage can is beyond me. It literally goes against the very nature of selection. These labs have no increased function as a result of this type of breeding.
    I agree there are two different phenotypes.

    I think you're mistaken if you assume the short, squatty, English style show Lab "showcases the breed standard". So are the judges who put these dogs up and the breeders who produce them. Unfortunately, I believe most of the field bred Labs also miss the boat when it comes to meeting the standard.

    A Labrador retriever can meet the standard for both conformation and performance. Some do. They aren't necessarily from show bloodlines either. But they are in the minority, which is a shame.

    Show breeders are going to continue to diverge from the standard as long as they win the prize. Field trial breeders are also going to do whatever it takes to push the envelope of performance, with no regard to the breed standard.

    What I'd like to see is more breeders of hunting companion Labs working to produce dogs that are sound, healthy, and talented; and who exhibit the breed traits described in the standard, which does describe a working retriever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .44 magnum View Post
    Each year the Show breeders flock to Potomac to show who has bred the biggest Labrador, with more bone and substance and long wavy extra full coats.

    They don't care that they have 120 lb lumbering studs who couldn't do five minutes of hunting. They have created an entirely new breed of dog.

    Yes the Gap between a Field Labrador and a Show type keeps getting bigger... sadly ...

    Winner at Potomac 2014
    http://delianlabs.com/Scrubs.html

    BOS at Potomac 2014
    http://www.blackwinglabradors.com/bi...zy---izzy.html

    Go to the linked web pages... tell me if you think Show Breeders understand the standard? So many got upset at the Westminster results because it was on TV. This is the reason. Behind the scenes those Westminster winners are peanuts compared to what gets rewarded at Potomac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .44 magnum View Post
    Each year the Show breeders flock to Potomac to show who has bred the biggest Labrador, with more bone and substance and long wavy extra full coats.

    They don't care that they have 120 lb lumbering studs who couldn't do five minutes of hunting. They have created an entirely new breed of dog.

    Yes the Gap between a Field Labrador and a Show type keeps getting bigger... sadly ...

    Winner at Potomac 2014
    http://delianlabs.com/Scrubs.html

    BOS at Potomac 2014
    http://www.blackwinglabradors.com/bi...zy---izzy.html

    Go to the linked web pages... tell me if you think Show Breeders understand the standard? So many got upset at the Westminster results because it was on TV. This is the reason. Behind the scenes those Westminster winners are peanuts compared to what gets rewarded at Potomac.
    I like the look on the ones face who is standing on its hind legs "Izzy" I believe is the name of the dog. Poor thing. It looks like the last one picked for dodgeball in gym class.

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