Labradors were originated in Newfoundland in the 1700's. The founding breed was known as the St. John's Water Dog. The breed emerged by breeding random bred mixes of English, Irish, and Portuguese working breeds. The breeds characteristics are webbed paws for swimming that were useful for fisherman retrieving nets and ropes. They were known for being kind, loyal, and great companions. Also generally black in color, and extremely quick running and swimming dogs. When the dogs were brought to England they were named after the geographic area known as Labrador, to distinguish them from larger Newfoundland breeds. Although black was the most common color, the first yellow labrador on record was born in 1899, and the breed was recognized by the Kennel Club in 1903. The American Kennel club first recognized the breed as a whole in 1917. In the 1920's and 1930's there was a great influx of British dogs into the United States, that, in turn, formed the backbone of the breed in this country. Interest in the dark gold, and fox red shades were re-established by English breeders in the 1980's. Labradors are the most popular registered breed in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Not only for their flushing and retrieving abilities, but also for being great family dogs, and great service dogs for numerous agencies, such as therapy, police, and search & rescue. These sporting dogs disposition and working abilities make them an all around great breed of dog.
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