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Me and my wife went to a hunt test for the first time with Prism a few weeks ago and one thing Prism pointed out for us to watch was how different it is when a golden versus a lab retrieves. The lab just bolts in and doesn't give a hoot, jumps in and splashes everywhere and Phelps swims to the bird but a golden just calmly walks to the water and just gingerly gets wet and swims like it is a Sunday swim and retrieves the bird. Why is it so different (wife really was curious) ?
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Haha neither of my goldens are delicate about it. My 9 month old especially shows zero hesitation and runs at full speed when he jumps in.
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Not true for all Goldens. Here is Buffy. Thor is the same way. Actually all of Buffy's offspring enter the water like this.

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Me and my wife went to a hunt test for the first time with Prism a few weeks ago and one thing Prism pointed out for us to watch was how different it is when a golden versus a lab retrieves. The lab just bolts in and doesn't give a hoot, jumps in and splashes everywhere and Phelps swims to the bird but a golden just calmly walks to the water and just gingerly gets wet and swims like it is a Sunday swim and retrieves the bird. Why is it so different (wife really was curious) ?
Well, all goldens are not typical of what you experienced that day. This is an area where the individual dogs breeding says a lot about who they're going to be. Dogs that are bred for the field will more often than not hit the water as hard or harder than the Labs do. They don't walk or tiptoe near the waters edge.

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I would not say my guys go to the water and enter it in any way that could be described as ginger or dainty...

But I think I understand what you are referring to.

I shared a side of a lake with somebody who brought 2 labs. And to see those labs going FULL TORPEDO straight out to the middle of the lake to fetch long retrieves (the owners had a contraption to fire balls way out), it was awe inspiring.

I have seen golden retrievers (bred for field) who come close to being that dynamic in the water, but they are way smaller than the labs, so the effect isn't the same.

My guys are water seeking missiles if there is any pond/lake/river/stream nearby. Typically between the two, Jacks runs into the water and begins swimming like a muskrat (he doesn't cause too much ripples and noise as he glides out). Bertie will go flying in, will be jumping as he swimming to get ahead faster, and he swims FAST - but it's no comparison to those labs I saw.

I think labs just have a ton more muscle in most case. The labs I saw were built like rottweilers - all muscle. But with lab energy/drive.

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Yep he did exactly what the lab did LOL. I understand not all goldens r the same just something we noticed with all the golden that day is they where slower then the lab, that being said the goldens seemed more in control and more methodical. Both goldens and labs got there game face on when they heard the gun show tho.
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Lol I can't wait for my new puppy I want a golden that loves water, Angel will actually run away from water it is a riot, I am like girl ur a retriever who is scared of water LOL. I think both of them are going to contrast each other it is to be fun.
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Lol I can't wait for my new puppy I want a golden that loves water, Angel will actually run away from water it is a riot, I am like girl ur a retriever who is scared of water LOL. I think both of them are going to contrast each other it is to be fun.
Its great when they love water, there is no better way to tire a dog out, and its low impact!
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Not my dog. But it's a GCh (grand champion show dog). He's a launcher and always has been. Crazy dog!

I've seen lots and lots of labs that do not launch into the water. Not sure which hunt test you were at. But show labs are terrible about getting in the water sometimes. I've had a few that just plain refused to get in the water. I judge junior hunt tests.
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I went to the Mid Florida one. Every lab there was speedy most of the goldens where nice and laid back, it was a great experience.
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