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ok, dumb question I know but at four mnths of age is there anyway of knowing whether my lab will take on the taller lankier long narow face type labrador or more of the squarish traditional look? I got my little buddy hoping that he would have the more squarish look and heard that a culliput means a longer more narrow head. what should I look for if anything.?
 

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Culliput?

Assuming they were the parents? I don't follow....
 

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What do his parents look like? You puppy will most likely look like his parents. If one parent looks more like a stocky build and the other is more of a lanky build, the lankier side usually prevails and children look lankier and longer legged.
 

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a local breeder told me that the bump on there head "culliput"? meant they were going to have a longer more narrow face. by "assuming they were the parents" i meant the mother was the mommy but the dad could have been any dog presumably.....not the one they showed me...both shown to me were stocky, not long and lanky. do lab puppies usually go through a phase physically?
 

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I have never heard of a culliput, but Angus has one and he has a head that I would say is towards the long, narrow side. Not too much though. I think he's kind of in between.
 

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Occipital is the base/back of the skull, at the top of the neck.. don't think it has any relation to the size of an adult dog, as every dog/wolf/mammal with a skull has the same anatomical feature.

If you aren't sure about the parentage of the pup, you could get a DNA test done.. but are all the dogs at the kennel the same type? Did you receive any pedigree or registration papers?
 

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I wrote this in your other thread but I guess you didn't see it:

Where did you get the pup from? rescue? breeder? if you got him from a rescue, you can assume he is a pet bred. Pet breds tend to resemble field bred dogs but they are NOT field bred. A dog is only field bred if he comes from working parents and has working ancestry -- working grandparents, great grandparents, etc., who are titled or proved in some way.

If you got him from a breeder who has bred two pets, he is a pet bred. If you got him from a breeder who has hunting/titled working dogs, he is a field bred.
 

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I think you mean "Occiput".

I have a five month old boy that has a long narrow head at the moment. It's just his stage of growth though. All the potential is there and he had a good chunky head as a little pup. I have the benefit of knowing that both of his parents have outstanding heads.

If both the parents of your labs had squarer heads then you could assume that he will follow suit. We don't have these field labs here so it's difficult for me to know how the two types mix.
 

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I couldn't figure out what mine was, either. Even thought he was a mix there for a while. I wanted him to be more the bench type, although he went from being having the stockier shape when he was puppy to a leaner/longer shape by the time he was 6mo old. I finally found out that he is a cross between a bench (English) and a field (American) lab.
But I can see now, at 9mo, that he really is beginning to "fill out" and I've been told that by the time he's closer to 2yo I'll really see a difference in build.

Here's a link that I found helpful in clarifying the issue: http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/english-american.html


And I also included some pics of when he was younger to now - maybe you'll see a resemblance.




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He's 5mo here:

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He's about 2 1/2 - 3mo here:
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