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    I have seen a lot of adult female labs in the low 40 lb range. Only problem I have seen is with retrieving large Canada's, no problems with ducks or snows.

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    My females avg. around 50 lbs. in "fighting weight". Doubt I'll ever apply for a swan tag, so they're more than capable of picking up anything I send them for. They also fit comfortably in the recliner!

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    I trained a BLF that was prob 30-40 pounds. She had her JH at 10 months. Fast little bugger and duck hunting maniac. Lives up in Beaverton and picks up 100+ birds a year for her owner. One time at the Rogue Valley HT, Bryant and Cindy Meyers judging, I sent her for the flyer and when she came hauling ass back to me with the bird I tapped my chest and she jumped up and I caught her, took the bird and handed it to Cindy and slung her over my shoulder. Was a game we played at home. Bryant kinda stuttered and stammered "you can't do that" to which I replied what, "love my dog." Ice Angel was a lot of fun to train.

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    My female is 53 pds, very short, compact and stocky...I am running her in the Q and because of her size, the only thing I worry about is her having trouble seeing the guns or the birds. So far it has not been a problem but I worry about this becoming an issue in the AA stakes. Is anyone had a problem with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun_Dog2002 View Post
    I trained a BLF that was prob 30-40 pounds. She had her JH at 10 months. Fast little bugger and duck hunting maniac. Lives up in Beaverton and picks up 100+ birds a year for her owner. One time at the Rogue Valley HT, Bryant and Cindy Meyers judging, I sent her for the flyer and when she came hauling ass back to me with the bird I tapped my chest and she jumped up and I caught her, took the bird and handed it to Cindy and slung her over my shoulder. Was a game we played at home. Bryant kinda stuttered and stammered "you can't do that" to which I replied what, "love my dog." Ice Angel was a lot of fun to train.

    Got to keep it fun....

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    My 8yo female is about 48 lbs. Lots of go and we've got AA points but honestly she's at a disadvantage with cover, line of sight, etc... and I think judges don't normally think of much smaller labs when setting up tests. It's not a beef against anyone so please don't anyone take offense. It's merely a by product of her size. She is an anomaly. I don't think I'd like a smaller lab again as it is simply very hard on her physically to keep up with the "big boys". I'm sensitive to it when I set up tests but most people laugh at me when I'm on my belly looking at marks and/or blinds to get a birdseye view from that vantage point.
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    I've got a little fire breather that soaking wet I hope will be 48lbs. You can't touch her determination, speed and personality. There is a market for folks looking for hunting labs that are small in structure. Ever get in a small boat with a 80lb dog, better have good obedience.

    By way the all time high point derby dog who is also CFC and CAFC and 1/2 point from AFC is only 47lbs. Dynamite comes in small packages
    GRHRCH Huntington's Aged T Perfection MH...Colby (FC AFC Roux MH x GMPR Tyra MH)
    HRCH Huntington's All That Melody...Jazz (GRHRCH Boomer x Callie) Momma's Girl
    Huntington's Cool Customer... Chilly (Lefty QAA x Black SH)

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Montenieri View Post
    My 8yo female is about 48 lbs. Lots of go and we've got AA points but honestly she's at a disadvantage with cover, line of sight, etc... and I think judges don't normally think of much smaller labs when setting up tests. It's not a beef against anyone so please don't anyone take offense. It's merely a by product of her size. She is an anomaly. I don't think I'd like a smaller lab again as it is simply very hard on her physically to keep up with the "big boys". I'm sensitive to it when I set up tests but most people laugh at me when I'm on my belly looking at marks and/or blinds to get a birdseye view from that vantage point.
    Same could be said for vertically challenged handlers! I don't think Riot is gonna be as big as Bullet to compensate for the height difference...
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    I had a full grown lab bitch that was 42 lb as I recall, and what a nice dog. I have a personal dog bred 1 generation in the US out of English lines that, at her optimum weight is 48 lb also.
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    48 lbs 19 inches at the shoulder became FC/AFC Morgan Le Fae of Buckshot sold with Derby Points and Qual placements to Win Purtel as a 16 month old. Trained by Mike Lardy for all-age and retired with Mike Lardy. Last count about 170 all-age points , Open and Amateur. I sold her because I thought she was too small for All-Age work. Boy was I wrong!
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