The Labrador Retriever
    
    
     The gentle, intelligent and family-friendly Labrador Retriever from Canada continues to be
the most popular breed in the United States. And because of his aptitude to please his master
they excel as guide dogs for the blind, as part of search-and-rescue teams or in narcotics detection with law enforcement
     Labrador Retrievers, originally from Newfoundland, were initially used in work alongside fishermen, helping to pull in nets and catch fish that escaped from the lines. After being crossed with Setters, Spaniels and other Retrievers, the Labrador honed its skills as a true retriever. From this point in the breed's history, Labs, as they are affectionately called, were
bred primarily to perform as an efficient retriever of game, with a stable temperament suitable for a variety of activities.
     An ideal sporting and family dog, the Lab thrives as part of an active family or as a trusted hunting companion. A double-coated breed which sheds seasonally, regular grooming keeps his coat at its water resistant best. Because of his even temperament and trainability millions of Americans own a Lab as a pet.
     The Labrdor is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled, dog posessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a retrieving gun dog, the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long hours under difficult conditions, the character and quality to win in the show ring, and the temperament to be a
family companion.
     The Labs temperament is as much a hallmark of the breed as the "otter tail". The ideal disposition is one of a kind, outgoing, tractable nature; eager to please and non-aggressive towards man or animal. The Labrador has much that appeals to people. His gentle nature, intelligence, and adaptability make him an ideal dog. 
      You may be interested in the Labrador Retriever for many reasons-a family pet, a hunting companion, a field trial competitor, obedience training, or a show dog. Whatever your intentions, the dog requires the same conformation and physical condition. Whatever your objective, only you-the owner-through affection, care and training can enable the Labrador to fulfill its potential. Every Lab child deserves it!