I was once told that speaking critically of girlfriends and spouses was one thing, but to do the same about someones gun dog is crossing the line. There are a ton of great hunting dog breeds out there but most of us settle on one or two. From that point on we espouse the virtues of our particular breed with little regard for logic. Heck, I had a person recently spend thirty minutes explaining to me why Border Collie’s are the best bird dog period. Maybe they are.
The debate is of little interest to me (well at least for today). A good case can be made for all sorts of breeds and ultimately the time and energy you put into whatever dog you have will usually pay off. I happen to have labs and I hang out around quite a few others. Maybe they will be the only type of dog I’ll ever own. Or maybe I’ll get an English Setter or a Boykin Spaniel some day. But on the heels of national dog day I’m going to raise a glass to the Labrador.