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Gentle and trusting, this popular breed can trace its roots to the coast of Newfoundland, Canada where, in the 17th century, they were known as the ‘Lesser Newfoundland.’
Labradors are thought to have descended from the now extinct ‘St. John’s Water Dog’, and were initially trained to retrieve fishing nets from the cold waters of the North Atlantic.
Tradition has it the Earl of Malmesbury first coined the name ‘Labrador’ in order to differentiate these dogs from their Newfoundland ancestors.
It was English fishermen who originally brought the breed to England in the 19th century. There, they were much lauded for their retrieving skills. And much loved for their affectionate natures.
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