English labrador drive?

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  1. Nick1

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    I am very interested in getting an English female due to the English laid back and calmer demeanor. Is their hunting/retrieving drive any less than an American lab. I do dove and duck hunting and want her to be a workhorse in the field but calm and easy going at home. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. J Leonard

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    My English lab was anything from calm. :)

    It took her 4 years to truly settle down. She had ton's of energy to burn and a quick re-charge rate.

    I actually snicker when people generalize that English/show labs are docile creatures… :)
     
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    Interesting to hear your experience. Both of our Labs have been " show" Labs ( stockier ,shorter) which I think is similar to what's meant by English Labs. Their personalities are quite different-one was pretty laid back and not too interested in retrieving while our current dog will chase a ball for hours. Much more " drive'.
     
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    I have heard it suggested that if you
    are looking for a hunting companion you should search for a puppy with at least one parent from field lines.
     

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