The popular and personable Labrador Retriever was developed in Newfoundland to be an assistant to fisherman, helping them haul in nets and retrieve escaped fish. Ensuing crosses with Setters, Spaniels, and other retrieving breeds resulted in the intelligent, trainable, and extremely versatile breed we know today. In addition to fulfilling its esteemed roles as a hunting cohort and family pet, the Labrador Retriever excels in a wide range of helpful activities that include guiding the blind, search and rescue, and narcotics detection. Their sporting nature, balanced and cheerful personality, and aptitude for learning make them ideal family pets that are happy to participate in a wide range of activities. Their double coats come in three colors – yellow, black, and chocolate – and shed seasonally so regular brushing will keep them looking good and will also help to maintain their coats’ water resistant properties.