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Old 11-19-2006, 09:26 PM   #1
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While walking my pooch today at the park, a lady with two large dogs almost literally ran into us.

I had to ask her what kind of dogs that they were, and I was told that they were labs. However, they had long coats and a very lanky bone structure.

Obviously, I am not a lab person. I do not know that much about them. My question is: can labs have long hair? And, are they supposed to be very lanky and long legged?

Just curious!
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Old 11-19-2006, 09:53 PM   #2
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Doesn't sound right to me. Labs normally have short hair and are stocky, strong dogs. There is some difference between the "show" Labs and the "Field" labs, but if you mean lanky as in Doberman, then no.
There is a problem nowadays with Labs being just plain obese. They are dogs meant to be outdoors running in the woods many hours per day. Many do not get enough exercise, and Labs are dogs that will eat until they bust. The result is that there are so many overweight Labs, people think they are SUPPOSED to look like barrels.
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:45 AM   #3
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They could have been pure breds, Labs are highly overbred and some come no where near breed standards. However I dount they were pure breds and if the lady insisted they are, the person whom sold her the dog could have been lying. That goes on too unfortuneatly.

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There is a "Curly Coat Retriever" and a "Flat Coat Retriever" both recognized by the AKC.

Flat coat is longer like a golden retriever.
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I was going to say, doesn't sound like a lab at all but 'flat coated retrievers' have quite long, fine hair, are very slim and a lot more 'lanky' than a labrador retriever. Maybe the person had the dog a bit mixed up because it has the word 'retriever' on the end?

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I've never seen a long hair lab.
What color were they?
Long-coated breeds,in the retriever family are the golden who comes in any shade of blond to red and Flat-coated retriever who come in liver and black.You don't see the liver one,a lot.I've only seen it,in Fr
Then you have a small retriever called the Nova Scotia duck tolling.
A lab is suppose to have a thick,short coat.
The field lab is usually thinner and more leggy than the show lab.
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As for color, one was yellow (that is the correct term, I believe) and the other was charcoal black. She said they were from the same litter.

I think they were just poorly bred, or that she was lied to. The black one did sort of look like the flat coated retriever.

There were not tollers, and definately not chessies or anything like that.
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Did she go into detail? Sometimes when I have Taylor out and people ask, I just say lab. Even though he is a lab mix. I don't go into details.
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She probably had a flat-coated retriever.

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Methinks she's either confused or there was an unannounced visitor in their Momma's back yard ... I agree with the retriever part but I haven't seen a long-haired lab.

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