The History of the Labrador Retriever
Several hypotheses have been propagated concerning the origin of this dog over time. The most plausible one suggests that their ancestors were present on the island of Newfoundland from the 18th century onward. They would share their history with the St. John’s dogs, black water dog’s native to this region.
They were present on the island thanks to the English fishermen and hunters who were accompanied by them to help them in their work by bringing back fish and small game. The English became very interested in the breed and invested in their breeding during the 19th century, but it would not be until July 7, 1903 that the breed would be recognized by the English Kennel Club in England.
They were bred for their exceptional qualities as retrievers and their robustness, which enabled them to work in difficult conditions (icy water, cold temperatures).