Labrador Retriever dogs are the most popular in the world, ranking #1 in registrations at Kennel Clubs in the United States, Canada, and the UK. It has held this position for over 10 years at the American Kennel Club. The Labrador, or Lab for short, is a retriever type of dog breed that loves to run, swim, and play with children and adults alike. They are extremely loyal to their owners, hard-working and are generally good-natured, originally a type of gun dog. It is the archetypal family dog that appeals to all sorts of individuals and families. Its origins trace back to Newfoundland, Canada with the St. John’s Water Dog as the founding breed. Working with fishermen in Canada, they would retrieve small birds and fish, and would soon find their way to London where the demand for gun dogs began to pick up in the early 1800’s. Labs are extremely versatile and have been put to use in the following roles: hunting, guide dog for the blind, police k9, search and rescue, drug sniffing, retrieving, as well as tricks and competitive obedience.
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