A family business “Creekside Retrievers began in 2015 when Whiskey, Parker’s British lab became a mother and the family kept two offsprings River and Bear. These dogs were so smart, sweet, calm, and loving that Reneé and Craig decided to share them as family pets and hunting dogs.
People are always asking what is the difference between a British and American lab. So I will give you a little history about how this breed has become a firm family favorite across the world.
The original Labrador Retriever was neither British or American, nor was he from Labrador! The Labrador Retriever’s journey began in the 19th century in Newfoundland, Canada and was called the St. John’s dog. The St John’s dog was originally bred as a working pooch, primarily for working on water to collect ducks, fish and many other small water creatures. He is best known as being the fisherman’s friend with a natural affinity for water.
St John’s dog rose in general popularity when visiting English nobles sailed him back to Great Britain. It was in England that they standardized, refined and renamed the breed. It is still unknown to this day why he is called Labrador Retriever and not a Newfoundland Retriever.
The Canadian fisherman continued breeding him for his work abilities. While the English gentleman was impressed by his work ethic, they were particularly fond of his handsome looks. It is here that the two sub-species were created and why the perfect show Labradors are known as the British Labradors, and the traditional working Labradors are known as the American Labradors.
There is only one “labrador” breed, and both the Ameican “field Lab” a term for working Labradors & British “bench Lab” a term for show are bred across the world, but most commonly in the US and the UK.
The British Labrador is bred for show purposes. As such, they are bred to conform to Labrador standards as close as possible. They have a stockier frame compared to their American cousin, with deep barrel chests and shorter legs. Surprisingly they have thicker fur and a thicker otter tail than the working Americans.
River will have her puppies any day now. They will be ready for new homes at seven weeks old. In the meantime they will grow and play at their home in Poplarville, Mississippi by the creek.
River and Bear, were two sisters, from Whiskey’s only set of puppies! They are the the beginning of Creekside Retrievers. They are beautiful, magnificent, and dignified, and the best dogs a person could hope for. They are the stars of Creekside Retrievers!
Bear, a beautiful yellow British Lab, is also going to have puppies in about three weeks from now, approximately by March 17th. They may be St. Patrick’s Day puppies. This will be Bear’s second litter.
Both American and British lines produce very social dogs that are playful and intelligent and make excellent companions. British dogs may appear to be laid back when you are just observing them around the house or yard, but once in the field they will perform with the best.
Both the British and American labs enjoy a good cuddle, and they both make a great family pet and are affectionate with their family. Because of their easy going temperaments, they both love nothing more than to please their master.
Creekside retrievers are very proud to introduce River and Bear to the public in this blog! There is a waiting list for the puppies that you can get on by emailing Creeksideretrievers@gmail.com (or) calling Reneé at 985/807-5747.