Canis Familiaris (Labrador Retriever) Timeline

Labrador Retriever

Developed

1750 - 1800

The Labrador was developedfrom the Newfoundland in Eastern Canada even though it was originally domesticated in what is now Manchuria in about 7991 BC.

Imported

1820

In the beginning of the 1820's the Labrador Retriever (St. Johns Dog) was imported to England, from Canada, by fishermen. From this point on the dog that was once descended from the Newfoundland, will endure many other changes in order for it to adapt to hunters and fishers needs.

Early Ages

1830

The dog was referred to have very fine legs and short hair which improved running and swimming. Other miscellaneous breeds were crossed with the Labrador in order to improve its ability as a hunter.

The Earliest Photo Taken of a Lab

1856

The earliest photo was taken of a St. Johns Dog (Labrador Retriever).

The Term Labradors

1865

Labradors became a common name instead of being called the St. Johns dog.

In England

1880

The St. Johns Dog almost died out in England.

The First Liver Colored Labs

1892

Before this point all labs were a solid black color.

The First "Yellow" Lab

1899

Even though this dog was more of a butterscotch color, Ben of Hyde was the first yellow lab in existance.

Recognized

1903

Recognized by Kennel Club for its remarkable hunting qualities, and for also being able to be an amazingly indescribable house pet.

Chocolate Labs

1930

Real chocolate labs were common.