Show vs Field Labradors

Labradors are often classified as American
 or English. Technically, English Labs are born in England and American Labs are born in the USA. 

The American show or bench Labradors, aka English Labradors, refers to a short-coupled dog with a wide back skull, a stocky build, a short muzzle, and a thick tail. The American show or bench lines are similar to the Labradors bred in England.  

The American field lines tend to produce Labradors with a more narrow frame, longer legs, a slightly longer neck, a more narrow head, a narrow muzzle, and thinner tail than the American show Labrador and the Labradors bred in England.  

Both American field and American show lines usually produce Labradors with hunting ability. The field lines tend to produce dogs with a much stronger drive in the field. Some of these Labradors are also seen in the show ring. Both types of American Labradors can compete in the obedience ring, hunt tests, and in agility trials. 

The Labradors from both field or hunting lines, and show lines make wonderful companion dogs. The working lines tend to produce active Labradors. The offspring of the American show lines tend to be more mellow. 

Some lines of Labradors in this country have both show and field dogs in their pedigrees.  The appearance, energy level, and field drive of the puppies are often a reflection of the crosses.