What do you mean by judicial feeding? Surely if a dog is fit for function it's fit enough to work and the right shape for the show ring? Feeding can't alter shape??It’s quite possible for a FT dog to win in the show ring with judicial feeding and the right type of exercise providing it has correct conformation. I’ve friends in the USA who breed a very much dual purpose type lab, along the lines of Janice Pritchard. They achieve their hunting titles in hard form then move on to the show ring. Take a look at Kerrybrook in the USA.