cluckmeister wrote:When I got my first Chessie 25 years ago, I took him to a obedience class. The class was taught by a fellow that trained dogs for the USAF and the first statement he made after introducing himself was. " Im not going to teach your dog obedience, Im going to teach YOU how to teach your dog obedience. I followed what I learned in that class and never had a dog that was unruly etc. I guess my point here is a lot of folks look to these topics seeking ideas from Pros on how to buy, take care of health wise, train the dog to their desires of what they want in a dog, and even type of dog to buy, be it Lab, Chessie, or Golden . Bickering back and forth about which is best, the show, field trial or hunting dogs, doesn't serve any purpose and most certainly doesn't help and does nothing but confuse a novice dog owner. I initially read the OP hoping to learn something about English Labs and American labs and the difference in the two. I like a few of the other fellows posting haven't learned a whole lot about the subject, but I have learned guys can argue everything else.
Just my 3 cents worth, inflation is a killer.
The trick is focusing on the data points. Mostly arguing comes when one party with no experience spouts an opinion and the other party spouts a retort from experience.
If you don't know, or are curious about English, versus British, versus American lab differences, visit websites of breeders that produce each. Compare accomplishments in the venue they are accomplished. It's that easy.
Now American can mean anything from dud backyard, bred-for-nothing dogs. So again, look for performance accomplishments on that side. And same for English or British. There is a sticky that shows the Acronyms at the tp of the forum.
You'll not find many people on here that brag about their proven, accomplished dog. They normally talk about the dogs faults or things that need work. On the other hand you'll find folks on the other end that say 'great' 'best' firebreather' 'no titles but fantastic' comments.
Which carries more credibility for you? Keep in mind I have the best looking wife, kids, dogs, and truck. Is that objective or subjective?