Labrador Knowledge Bump
The KB or Labrador Knowledge Bump is our central location of information we’ve learned over the past 25 years of professionally raising Labrador Retriever Puppies. The Labrador “knowledge bump” is a protruding skull structure that is joked to contain extra brain matter that makes the Labrador smarter. It’s nothing more than a skull protrusion. Though the Labrador Retriever is a particularly smart breed of dog the idea that this knot is related to the amount of knowledge that a dog picks up is simply a myth. This large bump on the dogs head is actually the occipital bone which can be more prominent in both breeds and individual dogs.
In addition to this prominent knot on the head the Labrador Retriever is well known for having a “bull neck” – a neck that is wide and muscular. The large thick neck of the Labrador Retriever was a useful trait when the dogs were mostly used for hauling fishing nets back to fishermen’s boats. These days the Labrador Retriever is still expected to have a thick and muscular neck; however, for most dogs it serves little purpose as they no longer work such laborious duties.
Show Labs (English) vs. Field trial (American)
In current society it is often believed that there are two different breeds, however, this is not the case. The Labrador Retriever does have two different lines, a conformation line (“Show“, “English”, “Blocky Headed,” or “bench” Labs) and a field line (“Field Trial” ,”American” or “working” Labs). The two varieties of Labrador Retriever are both still of the Labrador Retriever breed, but they each came to be specialized for their intended “jobs”. The shorter and stockier conformation line of Labrador Retrievers have blockier heads and are generally used as show dogs (it should be noted that this is not always the case and field lines can also be shown per the AKC breed standard.) The taller and lighter field line of Labrador Retriever is more slender than its counterpart and is generally used for field work (again, it should be noted that this is not always the case and conformation lines can also be used as working dogs.)
Field trial Labs are bred for performance, they also tend to be very hyper and “spastic”. Show Labs are bred primarily for looks. What wins ribbons is “Looks, looks and looks”. Nothing else much matters. Non-hyper family Labs are bred to be healthy, have a calm temperament, good intelligence, a nice look and average desire to retrieve.