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Thanks @Shanus!  My Daisy is a Brussels Griffon,a tiny little firecracker of a girl. Rarely see this breed out and about. Remember Verdel in the movie As Good As It Gets? That's a Brussels. I also have our blind Angie, she's a mix. 

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Westminster Dog Show ~  141 years.  

 

A Labrador has NEVER won!

 

Could this be the year of the Lab?  

 

GO Labbies !!! Heart


 

@Drythe:  yes!  and Goldies! Heart  and Great Danes! Woman Happy

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@Drythe, etc:  look at this shot of her!  the quintessential Lab expression Smiley Happy 

 

Heart, a 5-year-old black Labrador and obedience champ, awaits her next command from owner Linda Brennan as they practice their routine for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
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@feline groovywrote:

@Drythe, etc:  look at this shot of her!  the quintessential Lab expression Smiley Happy 

 

Heart, a 5-year-old black Labrador and obedience champ, awaits her next command from owner Linda Brennan as they practice their routine for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Isn't she beautiful?   Thank you SO much for posting.

 

One day I'd like to pin down a judge and ask (nicely of course) WHAT THE HECK is going on with the Labs?  You couldn't find one that more clearly met the breed standards than the one who showed last night!

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I'm no expert but labs have been bred away from the standard.     Many labs I see today are somewhat taller and longer than the standard.    The standard is a bit more, what I would call, stocky.    Body shorter from neck to tail.   

 

People showing the dogs need to breed more closely to the standard or the standard needs to be changed for a lab to win

 

I love the agility trials.   It's so much fun to see the little guys, like a dachshund run the course.

 

The show itself is as much political as it is technical.

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I'm no expert but labs have been bred away from the standard.     Many labs I see today are somewhat taller and longer than the standard.    The standard is a bit more, what I would call, stocky.    Body shorter from neck to tail.   

 

People showing the dogs need to breed more closely to the standard or the standard needs to be changed for a lab to win

 

I love the agility trials.   It's so much fun to see the little guys, like a dachshund run the course.

 

The show itself is as much political as it is technical.


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I get what you’re saying, some people call them American - longer, leaner, ‘thin’ head v/s British - chunkier, stocky, square head.  I see lots of the ‘American’ around.  Of course there is no such official designation, but lots of folks are going that way. I favor the ‘chunky’ version myself, that’s what I’ve always been fortunate to share my home and heart with.

 

However, my point was that the particular Lab who was judged in the Sporting Class meets the AKC standards ‘chunky’ excellently.

 

So, still wondering 145 years, why no Lab?

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@Drythewrote:

@softwarewrote:

I'm no expert but labs have been bred away from the standard.     Many labs I see today are somewhat taller and longer than the standard.    The standard is a bit more, what I would call, stocky.    Body shorter from neck to tail.   

 

People showing the dogs need to breed more closely to the standard or the standard needs to be changed for a lab to win

 

I love the agility trials.   It's so much fun to see the little guys, like a dachshund run the course.

 

The show itself is as much political as it is technical.


@software

 

I get what you’re saying, some people call them American - longer, leaner, ‘thin’ head v/s British - chunkier, stocky, square head.  I see lots of the ‘American’ around.  Of course there is no such official designation, but lots of folks are going that way. I favor the ‘chunky’ version myself, that’s what I’ve always been fortunate to share my home and heart with.

 

However, my point was that the particular Lab who was judged in the Sporting Class meets the AKC standards ‘chunky’ excellently.

 

So, still wondering 145 years, why no Lab?


 

 

Like I mentioned in my post, the dog show business is more about politics.   

Without getting too far in the weeds, I just wonder if it's because they are considered gun dogs.   

 

 

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There are so many breeds that have never won Westminster.  None of the breeds that I've had have ever won.  I've had Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Japanese Chin, and now a French Bulldog.  There have been some really beautiful dogs of those breeds at Westminster that don't seem to get noticed.

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