Do people use English labs to hunt with?
Agreed!Actually, bench is bench and field is field. There are "American" bench dogs and "American" field dogs. There are "British" bench dogs, and "British" field dogs. Typically, in the US, "English" is slang for any bench dog from either side of the pond, and "British" indicates a field bred dog from lines recently imported from the UK. Its a lot easier IMHO just to say "bench" and "field."
Interested in why you (plural 'you', not directed at any one person) would want a Show Bred dog (from anywhere in the world!) to work in the field?... Surely, it is better to buy one 'bred for the job'?
I completely agree with what you have said including no longer duals, separate breeds, and never won an advanced All Age FT stake. That is the majority of opinions on this board of working retrievers. Again, your observations are spot on. Some people just want to do things the hard way to prove a point.Ah okay, I think US show and working dogs are different to British (English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish?!!!!!) show and working dogs perhaps?! Here, yes a show bred lab might be a bit more ploddy, but they also often don't have much of the working ability left in them, can be obstinate (self pleasing), vocal and generally not up to the job. A MASSIVE generalisation, as there are some which are slightly more 'dual purpose', BUT as far as I know in recent times NOBODY has won a UK FT with a show bred dog. And there are no longer any Dual Champions and haven't been for several decades. In labradors at least, they are virtually separate breeds...