At KTL we only Breed Full English Or English/American. We do not breed any straight American/Field Labs.
What's the Difference?
Color, Size, Build, Personality (hyper vs.
calm) and cost
English/American Bred at 9wks
100% English at 6wks
100% English at 12 weeks
Personality Difference: English VS American and English/American Bred
This is How another English Lab Breeder explains it as well.
Full English vs Full American
A "breeder" who tells you there is no difference between an
English and American Labrador, is one of two things, new at
breeding and have no idea what they are talking about OR they are wanting to
push a puppy on you.
After owning both the English and the American/Field Labrador, I will be the
first to say, there IS a difference. When searching for a Labrador
puppy, I suggest as a breeder, to ask "is the lines American/Field
lab or English? The breeder SHOULD know where the lines come from and
know what they are breeding!! Every Lab lover has their own preferences for
what they like and don't like in a Labrador (or any other breed)..
I've had people tell me " we didnt know our lab was field when we bought
him, and he was way to hyper for our family and were unable to keep him".
A breeder SHOULD explain this to a person for the welfare and
well-being of their puppies!! I would think the only reason a breeder
wouldnt take the time to explain is to push that puppy out the door. I
would much rather see a person go somewhere else and get a puppy if mine arent
suitable for that person, than to have the puppy end up in a shelter later
How can you find out what the puppy is if the breeder doesn't know, ask for
Most labs if bred from good lines, have champions in thier pedigree. Some
common abbreviations in the pedgiree of English are CH. (show champions) and
CD (companion dog).. The most common in American/Field labs are FC, NFC, AFC,
JH,( Field champ, National field Champ, Amateur field champ and Junior Hunter.
What is there are no champs of any kind in the pedigrees? Then your guess
is as good as mine.
Labs are usually very close to the Lab Breed Standard per AKC. These are
usually the type Labs you see in the Show ring. They are basically the
heavier bone frame, with a much squarer head. Therefore the term being
referred to as "Blocky & Stocky" build,.
the thick "otter" tail; wonderful temperament, and are
low-key, (less hyper), just overall, very calm natured. They are a wonderful
to live with, eager to please, ready to play. This is the type we
Field OR American (for hunting/field trials)...
Field Labs tend to be taller, finer boned, a very high energy
level referred to as "drive" . Their head / skull is more
streamlined/ Longer than square. Tail is usually medium to
skinny and longer in appearance. They can go ALL day. They
tend to chew more. They are great if you are into hunting, field trials,
or have a super active lifestyle, but as a "house" dog, I
personally think they are way to hyper for such.
American Field Lab with English lines as well tend to display the calmness
of the English lab and do make great house dogs and calm pets. They may look English
or may show the American lab look.
If the breeder dont know thier dogs lines I would either find another
breeder or learn to read the pedigrees. Dont buy it just because its cute.