20 Fun Facts about Labrador Retrievers The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in the world. Sailors and fishermen from all over Europe arrived in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. They brought their setters, spaniels and retrievers. These dogs were bred with local dogs. The dogs known as “Lesser Newfoundlands” were used for a wide variety of jobs. Later they were brought to England in the early 1800s and further bred into sporting companions. This breeding improved their scenting skills. Labrador Retrievers come in black… Yellow (from fox-red to light cream)… and Chocolate. Labs love to mouth and chew things. Lab puppies need to be supervised to prevent chewing damage and accidental swallowing of foreign objects. Labs are versatile, easygoing and friendly. They are slow to mature and can have puppy-like joyfulness and vigor until age three. They are intelligent and willing to please. They are very sociable and must have plenty of social interaction with their families. Labs are an athletic breed with the energy and stamina for a long day’s adventure. They are an athletic breed with the energy and stamina for a long day’s adventure. They love swimming, agility, flyball, and, you guessed it, retrieving. Brush the coat 3 times per week. Labradors need more frequent brushing during heavy shedding periods in the spring and fall. Labs respond well to positive training.