It’s time to make a choice which one is the better breed the American Retriever or the English Retriever now before anyone starts arguing it would be good to know what are the differences between the two dogs actually it would be better to start by asking if there’s a difference in the first place hi welcome to smart dog lover if you haven’t already don’t forget to like this video and subscribe to our channel for more dog related content the Labrador Retriever is famous for being every family’s ball of sunshine they’ll play with the kids outside cuddle with mom while she reads or watch dad work in the garage even if you’re alone nothing beats the above an affection of a lab.
with such a popular breed and a great reputation you might be wondering what all the fuss is about some people have noticed that not all Labradors are the same there are the American Labradors and the English Labradors now before you start picking sides is there really a difference
whatever they may be all Labradors come from the same place and it’s not the US or UK they come from Canada Labradors originated from Newfoundland Canada and were the best friends of fishermen
if you lived in Newfoundland here in the 1800s you would have seen these hard-working guys helping fishermen pull nuts catching fish that jump out of the bucket or hunting ducks English nobles eventually came around and saw how amazing the Labradors were they loved them so much that they brought a couple of them home to England and started showing everyone their new Labradors it was around this time that the Labradors got their name but even now we don’t know where the word Labrador came from the name just stuck around long enough and no one batted an eye
the American Kennel Club has called the breed the Labrador Retriever the male’s can grow as tall as 24.5 inches while the females go up to 20 3.5 inches males would weigh around 80 pounds while the females go up to 70 they’re medium-sized and many people would say that they’re the perfect balance between small and cute too large and cool Labs are known to have lots of energy they just love going out to parks for a game of fetch if you have kids in the house your lab can keep up with all the crazy antics they come up with be warned though these guys might just have too much energy they could be quite destructive if you don’t get them the lead at playtime which might just be all the time most famous trait of any Labrador is its temperament they’re known to be one of the friendliest dogs in the world the breed standard says that the ideal temperament would be kind gentle eager to please and non aggressive it also says that they’re intelligent and adaptable overall the ideal dog
so what’s the big deal between English labs and Americanones?
the truth is that there’s no official classification between them as far as the Kennel Club or any official dog club is concerned both of them are exactly the same Labradors come in all different shapes and sizes while they are the same fread the training and physicality might vary
generally English Labradors are best for pageants while the Americans are better suited for hunting and sports professionals prefer the distinction of field versus show dogs just to make the names more appropriate this doesn’t mean that the English labs are useless in sports or the Americans won’t do well in the pageants it all depends on the training
some of the key distinctions are physical
English labs are generally stockier they have blockier bodies with thick legs thick necks thick coats and shorter body lengths american labs are the opposite they have a lean body longer legs a narrower skull longer muzzle and a thinner coat the Americans were also trained to be better at hunting as if regular labs weren’t already a handful
the American variant has even more energy than the English lab it’ll get cranky real fast if you don’t take him out for a game of fetch or a long walk in the park if you’re a first time dog owner it might be better to get an English Labrador they’re not as wild and rowdy as their American cousins perfect for dog shows English labs easily understand commands and are generally considered to be more mellow than any other Labrador
whether they’re English or American all labs are friendly and out go the breed standard says that if the lab isn’t friendly to people you might as well not call it a Labrador whatever you choose the same rules for taking care of a lab apply always give them a bath at least once a week all Labradors have a tendency to shed their fur so be ready to start cleaning your house when it’s shedding season laps do not have any particular diseases that are special to them some labs might have a condition called exercise induced collapse II I see so you might want to get your canine buddy tested just to be sure
like any dog with a large chest Labs are prone to a condition called bloat this is when there’s a lot of air in this stomach and could be potentially deadly for your dog if you have either an English lab or an American lab just be happy in knowing that you have one of the most loyal and loving dog breeds in the whole world they could be athletic powerhouses or pageant champions but your lab will always see you as their best friend.