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Question by Tom Richard
Submitted on 4/28/2004
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What are the differences between a English Labrador retreiver and a American Labrador retreiver?

Answer by shagen
Submitted on 6/18/2004
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Tom, I own an English bred Labrador.  I hope I can answer your question correctly.  Obviously the English bred lab comes from English bred stock.  The dogs general appearance is different. English bred labs are heavier, thicker, blockier. The American bred Lab is tall and lanky.  The dogs disposition is somewhat different too.  My English bred female is very calm and laid back.  She is a very mature 1 year old.  You could go to several websites and take a look at the English bred labs.  They are very beautiful dogs.  Go to AKC.org and look up a list of lab breeders.  Try this one.  www.blackrocklabs.com  These are English bred.  You can tell the difference just by looking at these dogs.


Answer by pris
Submitted on 7/11/2004
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is it common to breed english and american types


Answer by Dr. Karl Esmark
Submitted on 2/16/2005
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We got our English Lab as a "rescue" dog.
He is black and very relaxed. The only thing that seems to really get his interest is food. He would go anywhere with anyone who offered him anything to eat. He is the most loving dog we have ever had and I would gladly recommend this breed to anyone as a good family, but not guard, dog.


Answer by Kate
Submitted on 2/24/2005
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I have an American Lab she is about 1 and very  hyper. Though when need we can calm her down. This might help http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/labrador.htm


Answer by ole boy
Submitted on 12/19/2005
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I would think it's accent.  


Answer by krystal
Submitted on 6/28/2006
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I have a black Labrador and its hard for me to tell if she is an English or an American. she had just turned 2 in may and she stands just below 2 ft she is 85lbs but not fat, when you pet her you could feel her ribs. She is very laid back but when we go out to picnic island ( we live in the Florida keys) on the the boat she goes nuts playing with the other dogs and always in the water!could someone please e-mail me and tell me what you think ? my e-mail is barbiegrl1386@yahoo thank you


Answer by Max3355
Submitted on 9/27/2006
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American labs have longer legs and a longer snout.  They are very fast and frisky - much moreso than English labs.  Like their English counterparts, they are very gentle and friendly, and make excellent family pets.  They are also great hunting dogs and swimmers.  Put an American lab anywhere near a body of water, and he or she is almost certain to go in for a dip!


Answer by blacklover
Submitted on 2/4/2007
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i think yhat there needs to be more info on the internet about labs


Answer by JaminJi
Submitted on 2/8/2007
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The only difference in American and English Labradors is where they're from.  A dog is not a true English Labrador unless it is directly from England.  A dog that's born in America is an American lab.  A dog that's born in England is an English lab.  

Not all American labs are "lean and lanky."  "Blockhead" Labrador Retrievers can be English or American.  It's all in how the dogs are bred/retain the breed standard.

Many breeders tack on "English" before the breed merely to be able to increase the asking price of puppies another $100 or so to make them sound rare or important.


Answer by TereLPB
Submitted on 5/28/2007
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Hi folks,

If you go to this URL, http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/english-american.html
you'll see that this breeder has given exactly the opposite definition of English vs. American labs. In fact, if you surf the Web, it's about evenly split between the people who say English labs are heavier, stockier, and calmer and those who say that American labs are heavier, stockier, and calmer. All claim to be expert breeders and ipso facto are correct in this definition. Still haven't been able to get a definitive answer.


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