..About the American Field Labrador
The “English”Labrador is the American Field Labrador retriever is the breed standard for confirmation showing. The American field Labrador, bred to be taller, thinner, more sleek for running through fields and swimming while waterfowl hunting.
While the English Labrador is the standard that the breed is judged against the American Kennel Club is making adjustments to the judging standards to accept Labs of taller stature. While not judged as a breed on its own the American Labrador excels on field and trial, agility and obedience competitions. They are, after all, still full blooded Labrador retrievers.
The demeanor of the American Lab tends to be a little more energetic than its English cousin and requires lots of exercise. The American Labrador can do anything the English Labrador can, and then some (personal opinion).
History of Labradors in America
The Labrador Retriever remains a relatively unknown breed until 1928 appearing in the American Kennel Gazette. The first yellow Labrador registers in 1929 (Kinclaven Lowesby) and the first chocolate lab registers in 1932 (Diver of Chiltonfoliat). After World War II is when the Labrador retriever became very popular where they remain to this day.
Personal Note: I have owned five American Field Labradors in the last 21 years. They are a brilliant, beautiful breed that makes the best family pets you could hope for.