Why Labrador Retrievers
Labrador Retrievers, more commonly known as Labs, are the most popular breed of dogs in the U.S. as well as many parts of the world. They are athletic, playful, and extremely loving dogs. They are highly valued hunting dogs, especially water fowl. Their name actually means “water dog” and they love to swim and retrieve. Labs are also commonly trained as assistance dogs for visually handicapped individuals. Because of their level of intelligence, they also do detection work for law enforcement agencies. We have had many dogs in our life, but Labrador Retrievers are by far our most treasured furry family members.
History of Labs
The Labrador Retriever was originally named St. Johns Water Dog and was first noted on the island of Newfoundland, the eastern most province of Canada. Newfoundland’s mainland is Labrador, which is the area Labs were named for. The first labs were black, but Yellow Labs began to appear in the late 1800’s and Chocolate Labs early the next century. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1917. Yellow Labs were formally called Golden Labs, but it was decided that the color was not really accurate. Our Yellow Labs are mostly lighter cream-colored dogs and our Chocolate Labs are a beautiful, rich, brown color, which historically is a result of crossbreeding Yellow and Black Labs.