Where The Bitches Rule
Okay this is just my two cents and probably not even worth that much.At the end of the day, we each have to take our dog home and live with it. Having boarded TONS of labs and TONS of goldens, I'll go home and live with my golden any day.
When I take my dog to an obedience show, I know I walked in the building with the best darn dog there that day, and I know that, regardless of the outcome of the trial, I'm leaving with the best dog, too.
I'll feel that way about JH and/or SH events with my dog, too, if I ever get there. No matter how my dog does, I'm still going home with the best dog there.
And BTW, there are a whole lot more goldens in field events than there are labs in obedience events (at least in this area). Hmmmm......
I have also known and boarded some awesome labs, too, so I'm not slamming the entire breed. But man oh man, I get some wild, hyper, psycho ones, too. We call them blab-ra-dor retrievers because they NEVER stop barking, and also slobber-a-dor retrievers....
I always laugh when a customer says something silly like, "oh, labs and goldens are pretty much the same except one has longer hair, right??"
I take them over to a dog run with a couple labs in it. It's the one with NOTHING in there because the dogs can't be trusted to not chew up and eat every toy, bed, etc., every made. Chances are we have the water in a cement bowl, made especially for labs, and chances are they've still managed to slop it all over anyway. They will be jumping up and down at the gate, barking and slobbering, non-stop.
Then I take them to a dog run with a couple of goldens in it. Their bedding will be elaborate and neat, and there will be a couple of nice toys in with them. The water is in a regular bowl, and not spilled at all. The dogs are sitting quietly at the gate, each with a toy in their mouth, waiting to be acknowledged, each with a little halo over their head.....
In every breed you have the good responsible breeders and then you have breeders that on the surface do the "right" things but winning is what matters most. Whether it be conformation, companion or performance venues they all have them. From what I know of the top field dogs, Labs and/or Goldens, there is not one that you would not have as a pet under your roof. Their temperments are great and they have definative on/off switches. This is because these folks and breeders "get it". They understand that from most litters most pups will not be FC/AFCs but all will need to be an important and loved member of the family. The top handlers would not be willing to live or put up with the antics of those that you describe. And I know these dogs exist but it because there are some who are so hell bent on producing "THAT" dog that they let other traits be ignored and over time this is what you get. Dogs who can not turn off , settle or be quiet. And I do not think thiss is limite to "field" dogs at all, it exists in the other venues also. Just my two cents worth.