My blacks are Seamus and Flynn.
Seamus has always been a "hot boy" by nature.
Flynn is a "cool boy"... like Paddy (my yellow). Both boys are the same age (Five years)
Fifteen minutes of vigorous retrieves and Seamus is laid out panting to beat the band. He's always been that way.
Fifteen minutes of vigorous retrieves and Flynn is cool as a cucumber, examining his paws, picking on the beagles, nuzzling around my feet, not even a deep breath.
Is it size? Shea is your vigilant, observant field guy; Flynn is your Westminster show guy. You guys get those body types, right?
They both have this terrific undercoat (UGH!), but I can't figure out why one gets so hot and one stays relatively cool after the same workout.
Oh... did I ever mention how much I enjoy observing these differences in my labs? Well, I do.
Seamus and Flynn
Hey there Nance, do you think it has to do with their emotional "being" maybe like Flynn was the adopted one, and maybe he's a die hard "want to please you" kinda guy. I dunno, I have a "layed back" hrrrumph kinda guy here. Just wondering if that has something to do with it. Both Paddy and Shea were puppies when they came to you but Flynnie wasn't, I think he just has more of a desire to please you. LOL I am not an expert by a longshot.
It takes a lot to get Ernie panting. He can swim for 2-3 hours, go for a walk, butt tuck around, then saunter into the house and destroy something while looking for more activities.
In fact I swear the more excersise he has the more he wants.
May be it is the rouge boys.
Kassy would be laid out.
Sam is laid out getting off the couch. (Bit like his owner) ;D
Edited to add. Should't shoot my mouth off. On the way home from our walk he was panting. Not normal for Erns.
My beloved Bess (bench line before there was ever a split into a field line) could and would retrieve forever, pedal to the metal all the way, and only after the one millionth toss and retrieve in an hour would she get a little wobbly.
My beloved Puff (field line) gets tired and ambles and then becomes disinterested fairly quickly -- say after 30 retrieves over an hour's time.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
It is intersting to watch & observe these labs. Abby is my hard driving, never give up girl. Molly is my laid back, I will get the duck on my terms, kind of girl. But when they are playing bitey-face & running around the yard...it is Abby who is breathing harder. Go figure. Molly is 70 pounds & Abby is 60.
I often think the difference in mine is that Abby is much more excitable & a harder player then Molly. Molly knows how to pace herself. Abby would go till she drops if I let her. :
It must be all about their genes.