I have questions for all you dog breeders. We are having a hard time find good labs in our area. So i have started thinking about how genes in dogs work. I need a lab who can work as hard and long as i need it to then hang out the rest of the day. Its really hard to find that. Our choices are hunting lines and they just can't find their off button. Or show lines and they cant find their on button. So if you blended the lines would you get a more useful dog? So say have your male be solid hunting and your female show. Im guessing you would get some dogs that are one of each and some blended. Then what would you breed the blended ones too? Bred back to a hunting then to show again? Also does anyone know why if theres a standard do the lines look so different? A show lab looks like a different breed then the hunting and then you have the English types too. I thought standards were to keep the dog in the original form. But you can't take a show dog hunting. It cant do the job it was originally bred for. So why is that what judges are looking for? Why have looks overruled function in dogs? Any hoos i sure ill come up with more questions later. Thanks!