Some people called them “English Labs” and “American Labs” while others refer to them as “show” and “field” Labradors. Regardless of what you call them there is no mistaking the fact that there is a definite split between types of Labradors with the ones found in the show ring bearing little to no resemblance to the ones found at field trials. In many ways, this is a real shame. A good Labrador should be capable of working in the field as well as competing in the show ring but that is no longer the case.
Show Type Labs
The Labrador Retriever is one of the world’s most popular breeds. They have topped the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed list for more than two decades. Their popularity can be attributed to a number of factors including their excellent reputation as a family pet and their love of retrieving and skills in the field. Where did the breed come from though?
The St. Johns Water Dog
Once again, the Labrador Retriever wins the top spot in America’s heart, as the breed secures the #1 spot on American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Most Popular Breed List.
The Labrador Retriever has held this spot for 21 consecutive years, thanks to its reputation for playfulness and loyalty, and its use as a police and search-and-rescue dog. Other notables on the list include the Beagle, which made big news by knocking the Yorkshire Terrier out of the third spot, while the Golden Retriever advanced from the fifth to the fourth most popular dog breed. Not making the list this year was the Shih Tzu – the breed was overtaken in popularity by the Rottweiler.
Here’s the full 2011 list:
Most Popular Breeds Nationwide
1. Labrador Retriever
2. German Shepherd