English chocolate Labradors are intelligent, affectionate and easy to train. Historically, the English Lab was bred for show, unlike its counterpart, the American Labrador, which was bred to be a hunter.
English Labs tend to calm down after the puppy stage and become eager-to-please and well-behaved.
They have a heavier, stockier build and are more calm in comparison with the American Lab. The English Lab was bred to be a show dog so its looks and temperament were the primary focus for decades of specialized breeding. American Labs have a higher energy drive and are more athletic because they were bred for field competition. The English Lab is the preferred pet for the more laid-back owner.
English Labs, though not as ebullient as American Labs, still need a lot of exercise. They can become overweight very quickly due to their compulsion to constantly eat. Owners need to keep a tidy house because the Lab is likely to make a meal out of garbage, clothing and toys left scattered about.
English Labs love the company of children and thrive on the energy they bring. If a Lab has a lot of exposure to other dogs, cats or small animals, and has been trained how to interact with them, they can become loyal friends.