Actually the "grueling level of field work..." is in fact showing that a number of field breeding lines have NO incidences of CCL injuries. Yes there are incidences of such injuries among the field breedings in general, but many believe there is a inheritance element to consider, i.e., there are certain lines with much higher incidences of various types of work injuries including CCL. And much like other traits & propensities, if there is a inheritance element associated with CCL injuries then if current testing leads to conclusions that there is in fact an inheritance element, breedings can then be planned that avoid the propensity much like PRA, EIC etc. And yes certain types of work, certain types of terrain, among other things have also shown to contribute to CCL injuries. All the more reason to rely upon the proven field lines for perpetuating the Labrador breed. Regarding the very straight hind legs that are attributed to field lines, I have not found that generalization to actually be true in terms of the general field population. But there is a segment of those Labs incurring CCL injuries who do have straight hind legs, which leads some vet medical authorities to theorize that such structure contributes to the injury. Nonetheless, form follows function & cannot be separated if the historic American Labrador is to be perpetuated. As such, those who breed with an independent view of form as the highest priority, IMO are not contributing or perpetuating the American Labrador.
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Curiously enough an article in this months UK Shooting Gazette covers this very discussion
The 'Split' emerged after world war 2 ,where the sport started to take on a new breed of handler/owner both in the show ring and the field. What was also emerging was 'commercial' influence. In both the show and field it was evident that money could be made by 'winning'!and if a certain 'line' or 'kennel' could consistently win then they became prosperous! irrespective of what the dog looked like (either field or show) ..Then what was born was 'The Kennel Club' !.....That was why I posted earlier the link regarding the exposure.
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