The Labrador Retriever originates from St. John's, Newfoundland where it was known as the St. John's Dog, the Black Waterdog or the Lesser Newfoundlander and is one of four breeds native to Canada. This dog was taken to England on Fishing Boats where British Noblemen found the breed to be an excellent water retriever and sporting dog. The breed was registered first with The Kennel Club in 1903 in England. In following years it was registered with the Canadian Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club as the breed increased in popularity as a sporting retriever. The Labrador is described as a gentleman's dog and should be able to hunt with his master in the morning, go to the show ring with the master's wife in the afternoon and cuddle with the children before the fire in the evening. This dog is not a kennel animal and needs to be a family member.
This dog is an extremely versatile animal and has been professionally used as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, War Dogs, Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Police Drug Enforcement, Cadaver Searching, Fire Arson Investigation and Water Rescue.
His/her gentle ways, intelligence and adaptability have done much to increase the Lab's popularity as a pet. Their disposition is kindly and outgoing coupled with an eager-to-please nature and general non-aggressiveness.
Excelling as a field dog as well as in obedience, the Labrador enjoys exercise and is especially fond of swimming. He/She will happily retrieve until your arm gives out. A loyal family pet, good with children, that does well in suburban or country settings.