What Is the Biggest Difference Between American Labs & English Labs?

Can you pinpoint the differences between American and English Labs?
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Although a Labrador retriever might seem just like a Labrador retriever to you, the breed is frequently divided into two distinct varieties, English and American. Unlike American Labrador retrievers, the furry English counterparts' heritage starts with dogs produced in the United Kingdom. Several key differences exist between American and English Labs. English Labs are frequently referred to as "show" Labs, while American ones are often called "field" Labs.

Difference in Build

One major difference between American and English Labs involves their physiques. The English guys are usually a bit more substantial and dense in appearance, with brawnier and more sinewy builds. They also usually have bigger heads. American Labs, on the other hand, tend to be a little more lithe and tall in form, with thinner faces. English Labs sometimes attain physical maturity at speedier rates than the Americans, too.


Although differences in tails might not be as immediately noticeable as differences in overall body shape, they too can be helpful clues for discerning between American and English Labs. English Labs usually have somewhat sturdy and wide tails, while those of the American Labs tend to be a lot thinner.


English Labrador retrievers also usually sport fur that is markedly thicker than that of American Labradors. Note too that the thicker coats can sometimes contribute to making these dogs look stubbier and more compact in form, although they already are often associated with having especially rotund bodies.


Labs from these two categories also frequently display different styles of dispositions, although exceptions always can happen. English Labs are usually thought of as being extremely relaxed, serene and silent pooches. American Labs, on the other hand, are often considered to be rather vibrant and active animals, chock full of vitality and ebullience all of the time. The more active nature of American labs could be an effect of their working requirements, as hunting is a prominent activity for them. English Labs, unlike American labs, are commonly seen in canine shows rather than outside working. Labrador retrievers are often considered to have loyal, measured and calm temperaments that are extremely suitable for training purposes. They also are thought to have strong desires to make their human owners happy.