I know Scotty is not a show dog, but he is the best I've got to help me learn. I think I'm getting better in terms of understanding body conformation, but JP's thread on heads made me feel quite clueless. I would greatly appreciate any opinions (good and bad) on Scotty's head. These are some of the most recent pictures right before and right after when he turned 1 year old. TIA
Mostly straight on:
His stop is a little more dished and pronounced than I prefer, and I like a slightly longer muzzle, but overall I think it's cute. He's got a sweet expression.
His stop is pretty pronounced, but he has a nice expression. He has a good look about him though. His look seems more typical than some labs I have seen.
Tatyana - in comparison with the precise geometry of body conformation, the ideal Lab head is probably much more subjective. That is exactly why I started the other thread - to see what other breeders looked for in puppy heads.
I have seen breed specialists put up heads that I find most untypical in otherwise good competition. I don't enjoy being critical of other people's Labs and, although in agreement with the comments on stop and muzzle length, it is important to remember that the all-important aspect of a Lab head for any owner is expression. So, just look into those eyes and enjoy the love.
As JP mentioned heads are very subjective and expression is of the utmost importance and also I don't like to see any other breed. I see only Labrador in Scotty and he's got a very soft expression. I love his backskull, forehead, and ears. He has larger eyes than I prefer and I agree that he does have a relatively short muzzle with a dished stop.