Once called the “lesser” or “St. John’s” Newfoundland, the dog we know today as the Labrador retriever was originally bred for water retrieving.
It still excels at this task today, but it has also soared in popularity as a family dog. According to the AKC, it’s the most commonly owned dog in America.
The AKC recognizes three different colors for Labradors: black, yellow, and chocolate.
These intelligent, friendly, easygoing and energetic dogs are known as “labs.”