I met a lady the other day when I was out with Baloo and we got to chatting. She starts telling me about her lab.
She says that he is a "Geneva chocolate". When I expressed my curiousity (because I had never heard of this) she explained:
"A Geneva chocolate is much bigger than your average lab, they usually run about 100-120 pounds, () my dog is 114. They are also much stockier than the average lab, and walk a little bit like a bulldog. He has sired many litters because there aren't that many Geneva chocolates left, particularily in the United States and Canada. His bloodlines go back to Sweden, where this form of the breed originated......"
Me: "Umm... you mean Switzerland..?" ()
Her:"Er... yes, Switzerland, I always confuse the two. Same thing pretty much anyways." (???)
And the conversation went on a few more minutes. Apparently she had gotten the dog from an old man who was going into a nursing home and couldn't keep him anymore, he told her all of this stuff. :-\
So I didn't want to correct her and launch into a "bench vs. field", "responsible breeding" spiel, because I was a little bit worried that maybe there was some form of lab originating in Sweden/Switzerland () that I had just never heard of...?
Anyone heard of anything like that..?? ???
Oh good Lord!!! What will they come up with next? (there isn't one is there? :P)
*cough* Bull*hit *cough*
♣ Laura ♣
She's full o'sh!t, which I believe is chocolate in color.
AAaaahhh I knew it. Shoulda said something, second-guessed myself. > :-\
Never heard of the Geneva Chocolate Lab...probably an offshoot of the Godiva Chocolates tho.. ;D
Maybe she means these guys: http://www.genevalabradors.com/index.htm
heey.... maybe....? Maybe she was confused and thought that they actually came from Geneva..? Or maybe she was just making up a story to be impressive..?
What's with the "they're bigger than the average lab, etc" thing though..?
Now I'm confussed, kinda glad I didn't say anything. :-[
Oh boy she's bright. Seriously why would someone take the word of just "some guy" without any research whatsover? Good for you for asking.
I've heard of "Canadian Labs" being a different breed and bigger than any others and "Bejeema Labs" which are white (no clue what the Bejeema is) and of course other names like "Blockhead Labs", "Polar Bear", "White Chocolate" (Dudleys), and now "Geneva Labs". :
And tell me why is bigger always better? People LOVE to say how big their dog is and how much they weigh. It's really really strange.
I worked as a vet tech in graduate school. I ran into some real Einstiens. One person said their dog was Dingo (from rescue in MA), another informed me their little white and black mix was part "fox" - ah em "Fox Terrier?" Oh no really part fox. And the piece de resistance was the guy who said his Rottweiler (who was in the car when he came in) weighed 400 lbs. No I am NOT kidding. I stood there and stared at him. "Are you serious?" "Oh yeah and his father weighed almost 500 lbs." He brings a big and fat Rottwieler in and I say "Yes that's a big dog - I'm guessing 150 - 160 lbs." "You're kidding right?" and he gives me a look like I'm an idiot. We put the dog on the scale - 150 lbs. Whaddanidiot.
I think I've seen these for sale at Gorant's. :