The Lab’s origins date back to the 1830s. Water dogs from Newfoundland, Canada were brought to Britain and bred with hunting dogs to create a what we know as the Labrador retriever. The name of the breed refers to the Labrador region of Newfoundland.
In addition to sporting, hunting, and companionship, Labradors are used in a wide range of fields to perform various duties due to their high level of trainability.
They are used as service dogs, providing assistance to the disabled. They are also used as search and rescue dogs, helping locate trapped and missing individuals. They have been used as detection dogs by military and law enforcement agencies, sniffing out everything from arms and ammunition to explosives to counterfeit DVDs .