The Labrador Retriever came from Newfoundland, not from Labrador. The Newfoundland area was populated with small water dogs, and when bred with Newfoundland’s, produced a breed referred to as the St. John’s Water Dog, the predecessor to the Labradors of today. Recorded pedigrees of today’s Labs go back as far as 1878, with the first registration of Labradors by the AKC in 1917. The gentle, intelligent and friendly Labrador Retriever continues to be the number one most popular breed in the United States. The Lab is a versatile hunting and retrieving breed which comes in three distinctive colors – black, yellow and chocolate. Because of their desire to please their master, the Labrador is one of the breeds most often selected as guide dogs for the blind, as rescue dogs and narcotics detection dogs with law enforcement. The Lab is an ideal sporting and family dog and loves to be a part of the family. Because of the Labs trainability and loyal friendliness, millions of Americans own a Lab today as a pet.