Anicent beginnings,and the winner is….Ooops is it friday?!

So sorry we are late by a day. It’s just this week we have only posted twice and I thought it would be silly to only post twice in a row then nothing, so decided doing it on Friday isn’t a bid deal. Thanks for all the entries, we really love it, if you didn’t get picked this time, just enter again sooner or later your BREED should randomly come up. Remember you must tell me the breed of the dog if you want to enter.

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That’s right! This lovely breed was added by none other then Reading with Rhythm. A wonderful and very smart Labrador herself always finding the next new book and giving her expert review on it! She is a wonderful friendly dog, and considering she reads the smartest one I know! Here is a excerpt from their blog:

“Rhythm is a Labrador Retriever who was once a Guide Dog in Training for Southeastern Guide Dogs in Florida and now is a Therapy Dog Extraordinaire. Rhythm has become an inspirational Reading Master visiting schools and the Somervell Co. Library in Glen Rose, Tx. where kids come and share books with her and sharpen their reading skills”.

Way to go Bud. Click the link above or a picture Of Rythm herself below to take a peek at all their fabulous blog.

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Here is your badge Rythm!

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Now let’s learn about the breed!

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St. John’s Water dog

The Labrador Retriever like most retriever’s started off in Newfoundland Canada (yaaay for Canada! XD) in the St. John’s Water Dog. This was a dog that was what would be considered now a mutt breed, as it was a mix with a bunch of different dogs no one is particularly sure of which, though is believed to be a mix of Irish, English and Portuguese Working dogs. There was two types of SJWD at this time, which were called the greater Newfoundland, and the lesser, it is the lesser that is the ancestor of the Retriever. This almost Labrador’s loyalty and strong work ethic were desirable traits among the many fishermen that owned them.

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Avon, one of the first labs

After pairs being shipped off to England in the 19th century, as the boats would go through, the breed became more popularized over there as well. It is said that the first true Labs were owned by the Earles of Malmesbury,  5th and 6th Dukes of Buccleuch, and youngest son Lord George William Montagu-Douglas-Scot, who created breeding programs and are the parties responsible for this breed of today many believe. The first pair were called Avon and Ned. The story is that though Labrador’s were said to already have been introduced to England before this time, it was the Earl Of Malmesbury who saw a St. John’s water Dog on a fishing boat, and immediately made trades so he could have a pair of these dogs sent to him. It is then awed by their remarkable water retrieving skills that he devoted his entire kennel to developing the breed.

First yellow lab 1899

First yellow lab 1899

Now that might explain the breed, but how about all these colour variations? The first yellow Labrador in documentation was in 1899. In the mid 20th century it was a more desired colour to have a lighter coloured Lab, so the variation went from a butterscotch colour in time with selective breeding to the light yellow we see today.

For the chocolate labs, although it is not certain it is believed they happened at first upon accident through wanted or unwanted breeding with a Chesapeake retriever.

Yaaay, well that was certainly interesting for us. We thought that perhaps the Lab would almost have the exact same story of the Chesapeake one we did a few weeks back. They start off similar, but trail off to a completely new story, very interesting 🙂

Also one more thing if you haven’t entered our Giveaway, with help of Waggy Pooch please do, as this is your last chance:)

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30 thoughts on “Anicent beginnings,and the winner is….Ooops is it friday?!

  1. Labs are just the most popular breeds we think over here and there are so many variations. Our pal Barney is a massive chocolate lab. We love him. We like to enter. We are part Cav and part working Cocker Spaniel. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Everybody loves a lab. The only sad thing is that we see so many labs that don’t have “a life”, no exercise, no challenges and they are always in trouble for being destructive. Before people get one of these great dogs they need to know what labs need. My cousin Lena is lab and we always have a blast together!

  3. I would like to see a column on Lhaso Apsos. I have a very loving little one and I know they have been around a long time from Tibet.

    • Sure Lynn would love too. Don’t know if you have a blog, as I can’t click your name to have one show up…..You don’t need one to enter. Just wondering so I can put some photos up of your little one in case you win 🙂

  4. What a great blog Leah & Kirby!!! I have known many Labs in my day & they all are well behaved, intelligent & fun dogs to be around!!!! You did a great job on the back history of the breed!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too.

  5. Oh, Labs are very cool doggies indeed! I didn’t know abouts where they came from thou ~ love the info Kirby! You guys are the bestest!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby

  6. Great job with the Labradors Kirbster…They’ve been #1 dog for so many years now but not a lot of folks know their backstory…Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Excellent write up. I don’t think it is correct that chocolate labs came from crossing with a Chessie. Newfies can be brown and the St John Water dog can be brown so my guess is that it came from there. I suppose it could be, but I really think the color came from the St John’s Water dog which is common to both breeds. There has been extensive genetic testing of color in Labs. You might find it interesting and should google it when you have a chance. 🙂

    • This is what I founda few times :”Jack Vanderwyk traces the origins of all Chocolate labradors listed on the LabradorNet database (some 34,000 Labrador dogs of all shades) to eight original bloodlines. However, the shade was not seen as a distinct colour until the 20th century; before then according to Vanderwyk, such dogs can be traced but were not registered. A degree of crossbreeding with Flatcoat or Chesapeake Bay retrievers was also documented in the early 20th century, prior to recognition”
      You very well could be right but alot of these things going so far back will always be up for debate

  8. Great breed profile! Labs are a toughie, because a lot of people have different opinions of where they came from. I say that no one wants to fess up. 🙂

  9. Excellent job as always Kirby! Thanks for the post! And here’s what I know about chocolate Labs. From what I have heard through the grapevine, so to speak, is that the genes for liver color and yellow color and all those colors were there from the start. Mostly from our Newfoundland ancestors. And I think this is something that we share with the Chessies. Way back when, Newfie people didn’t care about color and there were all kinds of colors. And those recessive genes passed thru to the Labs. There were liver colored Labs from the beginning, but the color did not become popular until the 1960s. And did you know that a pink nose on a Lab is called a Dudley? And did you know that a larger percentage of Labs become Guide Dogs than any other breed? Mostly because they are so adaptable. I like all this attention! Thanks for the discussion Kirby!

    • Ahhh, very interesting! That sounds very possible, and makes a lot of sense! And I did not know that about their nose that is soooo cute! I want to be able to call Kirby’s nose a dudley! lol

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