Canis ISSN: 2398-2942 Retriever: Labrador Contributor(s): Keizer R J, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi Introduction Biological Data Introduction General information Probably descended from Portuguese Water Dogs Portuguese Water Dog taken to NE America by Portuguese sailors. Actually come from Newfoundland. The name Labrador is derived from the Portuguese for 'labourer', not the place. Taken to southern England by Newfoundland fishermen in the 1800s where the breed was refined as a gundog. Outstanding swimmers. One of the most popular family dogs, kind, gentle and loyal. It fits well with most family situations and has only one vice - food. Obesity is therefore quite common. Classic breed used for guide dog work; modern examples tend to be a first cross with a Golden Retriever. Biological Data This article is available in full to registered subscribers Sign up now to purchase a 30 day trial, or Login Further ReadingPublicationsRefereed papers Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource. Other sources of information For information on Genetic Testing Providers (labs), genetic tests, and tests by breed, visit International Partnership for Dogs: https://dogwellnet.com/. For a list of DNA tests available for certain breeds worldwide, visit Kennel Club Worldwide DNA tests: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-breeders/dna-testing-simple-inherited-disorders/worldwide-dna-tests/. The Kennel Club Breed-specific requirements and recommendations including health screening: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/9846/abs_breed_specific_requirements_and_recommendations_web.pdf. Warwick H The New Complete Labrador Retriever. Howell. ISBN 0876052308. Organisation(s) Visit the Kennel Club website to search for details of KC-registered breed clubs: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findaclub/breed/. Labrador Retriever Club: www.thelabradorretrieverclub.com. Visit the American Kennel Club website to search for details of AKC-recognized breed clubs: www.akc.org/clubs/search. Labrador Retriever Club of America: www.thelabradorclub.com.