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Old 08-04-2009, 08:56 AM   #1
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In the new film, Marley and Me (Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson) the labrador that is the young, teenage Marley is lovely. All the Labradors I see in this country (UK) are shorter, broad, chunky and square, but Marley is long and lean and gorgeous. Is he a cross breed of some kind or are there different kinds of labrador other than your standard, gold, black, chocolate?

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Old 08-04-2009, 09:26 AM   #2
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I'm not sure of any difference between Labrador Retrievers in the US and in the UK, but I do know that for years we have had a split in the US between the field lines and the show lines. Show lines tend to be heavier and the field lines tend to be leaner. Pet Labbies are prone to being overweight in the US, largely because they have big appetites and pets rarely get the exercise that they were bred for. Then again, what you see in a Hollywood movie may not be typical of what you would see out in the field or in the show ring or even from someone's home.
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The American Labs from what I have seen are different to our ones, and like Skunk said about the split in the breed even in England there is a split between field and show from what I know of them.

And the labs are yellow but you can also get red ones, although I think that they are more in America, I would be careful getting one if your from the UK, as there is so many labrador breeders that are not the best finding a good one could actually be quite hard. Espcailly with Marley and me being recent
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It is american labs verses Brittish lab.. it's two different looks totally.. I am from sweden and our labs are all like the original breed standard which is the brittish lab. First time I saw an american lab I asked the owner what it was crossed with as well.. she turned rather sour on me.. *whistles* so he's a pure american lab...
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I just cannot imagine how two different lines of a Lab can be? There must be a cross to make them different of something else and to my knowledge I never heard of any crosses in Labs???

I think showing they are bulked up with more muscle, tone etc. Field work or boat work which they originally did jump off boats, they would be leaner working more than the show Lab. Weight and condition would make the big difference as Skunk says also.?

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I know in horses say Arabians, the Halter horses are so toned, muscled, longer mane and tails. The show to ride in the ring are leaner as they are ridden and use a different gait depending if shown Western or English, Park, Pleasure, Hunter, etc. All the same lines, just looking different in the show ring for the cause.
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its interesting because like Monkey, i thought that it must be a cross breed with something! either way i think he's beautiful, its a shame you cant see what they'll look like at theat age when they're puppies, it would make life so much easier!

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What happened was that Labs were orginally hunting dogs bred to stay by the side of their Master until a duck was shot, then swim in icy water to retrieve the dead bird. Those dogs were and are athletes. When people started breeding for show, appearance became more important than athelitc ability and so the hunters continued breeding for purpose while the show crowd bred for conformation. They haev gradually drifted apart so that we now have the split that you see in the Labby world.
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What happened was that Labs were orginally hunting dogs bred to stay by the side of their Master until a duck was shot, then swim in icy water to retrieve the dead bird. Those dogs were and are athletes. When people started breeding for show, appearance became more important than athelitc ability and so the hunters continued breeding for purpose while the show crowd bred for conformation. They haev gradually drifted apart so that we now have the split that you see in the Labby world.
The same thing has happened in Australia. The show labs (and family pet labs) are stocky & look overweight. I haven't seen many of the field labs but I have said more than once when seeing them that they almost look like another breed.
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This film made me ball my eyes out lol
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I have to say I did cry..I balled my eyes out. In the middle of the theatre and agian at home when I bought the movie..lol. Very touching movie.

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