About the American Field Labrador
A varietal of the traditional Labrador or what is known as the “English” or “show” Labrador is the American Field Labrador retriever. The American field Labrador is 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 breed was first registered with the AKC in 1917 and remained a relatively unknown breed until around 1928 when promoted by an article in the American Kennel Gazette. The first yellow Labrador was registered in 1929 (Kinclaven Lowesby), the first chocolate lab was registered 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 and I can attest to the fact that they are a brilliant and beautiful breed that makes the best family pets you could hope for.