Labrador Retrievers adhere to one breed standard, which means breed-specific rescue groups and organizations do not distinguish between English and American Labrador Retrievers. To locate a Labrador Retriever rescue group, begin on either Petfinder.com or the American Kennel Club’s Breed Rescue Network.
While the distinctions between English and American Labrador Retrievers are not officially denoted within the purebred standard, breeders and dog enthusiasts universally acknowledge the differences between English and American Labs. When looking for an English Labrador Retriever in a local shelter, search for dogs under the breed Labrador Retriever. However, as you search, look for dogs that match the description of an English Labrador Retriever.
English Labrador Retrievers tend to be stockier in the legs, more barrel-chested and shorter in height and length compared to American Labradors. In addition, English Labrador Retrievers typically appear calmer, less active and quieter when compared to the American Labrador Retriever. Inquire at local Labrador Retriever rescues and in local shelters if there are any Labrador Retrievers that match the description of being laid-back and muscular; if so, the dog is most likely an English Labrador Retriever.