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The Labrador Retriever was the most popular breed
in the United States in 2002, with 154,616 individual dogs registered. That was almost three times as many as the No. 2 breed, the Golden Retriever.  The Lab's top AKC ranking goes back at least to 1991.  The Lab was also No. 1 in the United Kingdom and Canada in 2002.

The dogs behind the breed were introduced into Newfoundland by European settlers to serve as hunting dogs and fishermen's assistants. In the 1800s, they were imported to England, and in 1903 were recognized by The Kennel Club. AKC recognition came in 1917.  Click for breed resources.


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  FAQs for Labrador Retrievers

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  Versatile Lab:  Companion, service dog, show dog and much more

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  The Labrador Club:  AKC Parent Club for the breed
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  National Labrador Retriever Club:  Supporting the FCI Standard in USA

  Labrador Retriever Club UK

  Labrador Retriever Clubs:   Links to breed and conformation clubs
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  Lab-Retriever.net Chat Board:  Discussions on health, training, more

  North American Hunting Retriever Association

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  Labrador Retriever Health Reference Library:  Covering health,
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  Picking a Lab Puppy:  from Golden Gate LRC

  So You Want a Lab:  Misconceptions and health issues

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  Lab Links:  Covering health, clubs, rescue, activities, more

  Lab Retriever Links:  Kennels, resources

  Lab Retriever Kennel Links

  Labrador Retriever Sites:  More than 400 sites, at Open Directory

  Labrador Retriever Sites:  Including breeder  sites, at Yahoo

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  E-Greeting Cards:  Labs, other breeds in Best Dog Free Stuff

  Coloring Page with Lab: fun for kids

Labs in Action   [ Top ]

  Labs as Hunting Dogs

  Labs as Service Dogs along with Beagles, German Shepherds, Golden
  Retrievers, Shelties and Corgis are among service dog breeds

  Labs as Therapy Dogs

  Rescue Labs Get New Jobs: as arson dogs, bomb dogs, narcotics dogs,
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