I agree NO as well. Take a look at the catalog from your last hunt test. How many of those dogs are out of FC or AFC sires. It's a pretty good percentage. Many of the popular HT titled sires are one generation from FT lines. Take a look at HRC's magazine--most of the advertised studs are 1 generation from trial dogs. Same holds true for the bitches as well.
I voted NO as well. I think what I am afraid of is all the "backyard breeders", diluting the actual hunting/FT/HT lineage, but as long as we have responsible breeders, trainers, kennels and forums like this and other websites then the Retriever breeds will be okay, namely the Lab.
What I fear is Labs seeing the same fate as the cocker spanile, Irish setters, etc.
We are all still just a small, small percentage of retriever owners. We all fight an uphill battle everyday vs the animal rights wackos and others who might view our way of life with our dogs as wrong.
there is already a definate separation but it is along the lines of dogs that trial and those that don't.
as this is my first lab i used the same criteria i used for the other working breeds i have owned. as a competitor i have a need for a certain "type" of dog.
when i went looking, anything that was not trialed was not considered. i chose a pup with a superior ft sire and a very strong ht dam. after observing both at work the pup was accepted. after 1 1/2 years i will state i was correct in my choice
some of us will always look for solid breeding and the rest will just want a "black or yellow or chocolate one".
to those that don't know, there is no compelling explaination. for those that do know, none is needed! :wink: