Labrador Retriever the Most Popular Breed…Again
It is no wonder that such a versatile dog as Labrador Retriever would become and remain as the most popular breed in the USA.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) “labs are a fixture on the American landscape, as familiar as a Ford pickup in the Denny’s parking lot.”
They gained their popularity with their famously agreeable and enthusiastic temperament.
The Kennel Club (England) recognized the Labrador Retriever in 1903. AKC recognition followed in 1917.
Another decade would pass before Labs caught the eye of American hunters. In a 1931 article about the first retriever field trial held in the United States, a New York Times reporter observed that “retrievers are not so very well-known in this country.” But, he noted, “Many field trials are held in England with this breed and those who have watched the dogs hunt declare they furnish the acme of excitement at this sport.”
U.S. sportsmen were soon in agreement, and Lab numbers started to rise. To A. Nelson Sills, a director emeritus of the Labrador Retriever Club, it was no surprise when the breed’s popularity spread outside the hunting and field-trialing community, starting in the 1960s. “There was no one particular event,” he says. “It was just that more and more people began to see them, and see their versatility.”
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