Breed History

The Labrador Retriever (also Labrador, or Lab for short) is one of several kinds of retriever, a type of gun dog. A breed characteristic is webbed paws for swimming, useful for the breed's original purpose of retrieving fishing nets. This and their subsequent use as hunting companions, gave them the name retriever. The dogs of this breed are very loving, kind, loyal and compassionate to their master.

The Labrador is the most popular breed of dog by registered ownership in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States (since 1991), and it is also one of the most popular breed of assistance dog in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States and many other countries, as well as being widely used by police and other official bodies for their detection and working abilities.

Typically, Labradors are athletic and love to swim, play catch and retrieve games, and are good with young children.

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