The Labrador Retriever did not come from Labrador, but from Newfoundland.
In England, no Labrador can become a bench show champion unless it has a working certificate also.
The Labrador Retriever is one of the prime breeds selected as guide and rescue dogs.
The original Labrador gradually died out in Newfoundland on account of a heavy dog tax which, with the English quarantine law, practically stopped importation of the dogs into England. Therefore, many Labs were interbred with other types of retrievers, although fortunately the Labrador characteristics predominated until fanciers wrote up an anti-interbreeding law.
There are three acceptable colors in Labradors: Black, yellow, and chocolate.
The pedigrees of the two most influential Labs,"Peter of Faskally" and "Flapper," go back as far as 1878.