Bridget are you showing AKC or UKC? I've heard the UKC is more lenient of Show placements for Field bred dogs, in the retrieving breeds. I do hope you continue to try in both venues, but fear you'll need an amazing constitution to stick it out. Most performance people will shut their mouths, once your dog shows he can do it. I think the show type are the harder sell they know what they want a lab to look like, don't really like the different. Still it's good to have people crossing back and forth, giving judges other things to look at, maybe we'll swing back toward a medium, I seriously doubt it but I'd like to be proven wrong .My Plan is to make the next DUAL CH Labrador. I am 52 yrs old, I figure I have 30 yrs to try and get it done...
I absolutely do hope to create a dog that gets at least QAA/ CH