My Chocolate Lab "Sizzler"
|Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan)
|Date Taken: 2006-09|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-06-22 11:43|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The name Labrador was given to this dog by the Earl of Malmesbury and other breeders in England in order to differentiate them from the Newfoundland dog. The Labrador Retriever was originally called the lesser Newfoundland or the St. John's dog.|
Another point of view as per the net search: Little surprise why the breed is call a Newfoundland. Newfoundland is a province of Canada;the tenth and latest to join the Confederation. The breed originated in Newfoundland from a breed indigenous to the island, that later became known as the St. Johnís Dog. According to speculation they may be partly descended from the big black bear dogs introduced by the Vikings in 1001 A.D. However this is based more on speculation than on fact. It is more likely that their size results from the introduction of large mastiffs, brought to the island by many generations of Portuguese fishermen, who had been visiting Newfoundland since the 1400s. A few centuries later 2 types of dogs were recorded. The heavier one was the Newfoundland and the samller of the two became known as the Lesser St. Johnís Dog, which also happened to be the forerunner of todayís Labrador Retriever. These 2 dogs were used in similar ways to pull fishnets and heavy equipment.
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