Also, they might be attaining different kinds of titles. Field dogs might be focusing on hunt test titles and working certificates (Jh,Sh,MH,WC, WCX)that come after their names and test their retrieving skills and athletic powers. Dogs that run field trials are competing against labs, Chessies tollers etc, and really have to be tough, agile, fast and full of intense, intense motivation. Conformation dogs might be concentrating on titles like CH that come before their names and signify their embodiment of the standard. There is a separate Field Dog Hall of Fame and a Show Dog Hall of Fame. (The field champion title does come before the name, and some dogs excel at both.) There is also obedience, agility, tracking- versatility dog- lots of overlaps and venues for goldens to excel. Goldens who can do both are glorious in my mind and up on my personal pedestal.
In common parlance, when people just throw the terms around casually/carelessly/in a carefree manner, a field golden is an athletic, high energy dog whose priorities include a deep passion for retrieving, and a lighter, smaller build with wash and wear red coats and pointier noses; a Show/Conformation dog is a taller, bigger more "done" golden with a flowing coat, pantaloons, and tail, a broader head with a good stop between forehead and muzzle, and more bone.
Love them all!
BISS GCHB CH Tamarack Billions Of Stars Over Poeticgold CD RN TDI CGCA CGCU CGC BPIS Top 20 2015 "Mystic"
Goldiva Raleigh Tangled Up In Blue CD RAE TDI TT CGCA CGC "Tally"
GCH CH Harborview Sweeter Than 'Shine At PoeticGold CGC "Lush"
AM CH Pebwin Reverie SoothSayer CGC "Sayer"
PoeticGold I Named A Star For You CGC "Cambridge"
RainyDay PoeticGold Secret Society " Hiphop"
in memory of "Finn" Sand Dancer's Infinite Sky TDI TT CGCA CGC ( 10/29/2002-11/26/2015)
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