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Ok I just took a quick look at that list and didn't look at every dog....
at least a few of those go back to american lines... so they were imported after the american lines were exported...like the very first multi-titled dog. Again I didn't look at all the dogs...
several of them are very old dog... at least one that I took a quick look at was in 1927, 1974, 1991 now to some of us oldsters 1991 doesnt seem that long ago but it is 21 years ago... times change.
Imported dogs not out of American lines to begin with that are able to finish AKC championships NOW are few and far between without chasing judges using handlers. Sure if you want to send your dog and handler across the country to chase specific judges and throw enough money at it, it's possible. For the majority that is not fiscally possible.
Deber, that has been my experience.... if we are only dealing with a color issue... then the AKC standard penalizes variations from medium gold, the canadian standard does not... but there are other appearance issues where they simply just look different in the ring. Most UK imports that I know of are showing in Canada, Intnl (which I don't put a lot of stock in) and UKC which also penalizes color but they seem to be more accepting of color differences and there are fewer pro handlers. Also keep in mind that Dewmist is a huge kennel setting with many many dogs honestly many of us would be uncomfortable with the number of dogs that they have but it is not all that uncommon... one of the largest best respected flat coat kennels in the same region is also a large kennel that many here would be uncomfortable with. With that number of dogs and the number of puppies produced my guess is having the lines wouldn't mean much to them for better or worse...
Shalva and the Milbrose Retrievers and Irish Wolfhound
Last edited by Shalva; 10-17-2012 at 10:03 AM.