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What introduction does the world’s most popular dog require? Everyone has seen a Labrador romping happily with his family. Regarded as the ideal family dog for generations, the Labrador is by definition biddable and adaptable to practically any lifestyle.

It’s common today to hear the breed simply referred to as the Labrador, however, this is by and large incorrect. The Labrador is a retriever. The Labrador Retriever, a prominent member of the Gundog Group, is a hunting dog by trade. The pet Labrador Retriever comes from a genealogy of hard-working hunters who could spend tireless hours on upland game birds on rigorous terrain.

While your pet Labrador Retriever may only fetch your slippers and the Sunday paper, it is helpful to understand that his grandfathers pursued pheasant, duck and other wild fowl.

So what’s the meaning of the ‘Labrador’ part? To truly understand the breed’s origins, we must look not to Labrador, but to the island off its shores called Newfoundland. The rich history of this island, originally inhabited by the Dorset Eskimos, dates back to the 1400s; however it wasn’t until the 1600s that the island became the home of wayward fishermen. These fishermen, it is believed, swam to the island after abandoning ships that were passing by the island. The first dogs on the island of Newfoundland are traced to these fishermen, as there is no evidence of the Eskimos’ having dogs on the islands, and no dogs existed on Newfoundland when the fishermen landed there.

As the Labrador Retriever was once called the Lesser Newfoundland Dog, it has often been presumed that the breed is related to the Newfoundland breed. This breed, well known to dog lovers today, is much larger, more abundantly coated, heavy-boned dog, showing much influence of its mastiff origins. Still, both the Newfoundland and the Labrador Retriever share the unique physical characteristic of webbed feet. The size of the Labrador Retriever mattered tremendously, and a small dog was necessary to fit into the fishermen’s dory. The dogs’ webbed feet speak well for the Labrador’s ability to swim, even in the icy, rough waters of the North Atlantic. Among the other characteristics of our modern Labradors that ‘make sense’ for a dog surviving on Newfoundland’s brutal shores is the thick and waterproof coat required. Another important feature of the breed is its broad chest, necessary for ‘surfing’ against the strong waves and current of the unrelenting North Atlantic.

Since the island was bountiful in game, the fishermen were able to use their dogs to supplement their food supply from the land as well as the sea. The Newfoundlanders were importing quality stock from England, though there was considerable variation in type. The division of the retriever breeds came much later (circa 1780-1810) and at this time, any retriever, longhaired, curlycoated, shortcoated, waxycoated, was bred to produce other retrievers of excellent working ability.

A fustrating fact to breed enthusiasts today is that the residents of Newfoundland kept no records of the dogs on which they relied upon so heavily. Survival on this barren island was such an all-encompassing pursuit that there was little time for such record keeping.

Author Dr.Bernard Duke

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Stephen Nixon
Stephen Nixon
21/11/2022
About two and a half years ago I reached out to Crammondkirk Labradors for some advice in what to look for if we were to have a labrador as our first family dog. Little did we realise that Louise would introduce us to the newest member of our family just a short few months later. We were lucky in that Crammondkirk would shortly have not one, but two litters due at the same time. We visited and found an extremely professional, caring breeder who answered every single question without fail. The pups were with their mothers and both litters were full of beans and inquisitive too. A few weeks later we picked up Buddy (Crammondkirk Jackson to give him his Sunday name) - and we were (and are still) smitten. Buddy has helped us focus as a family unit through some very tough times - he's now my son's best pal, he's laid back and playful (and silent - nothing seems to faze him, well, unless you keep his favourite ball from him!). His nature is second to none - I've never seen (or had) a dog as laid back as him. Well, apart from him wanting to play with every dog he meets, which has gotten him into trouble a few times! From a tiny ball of fluff to our (now two years in) newest family member, we cannot fault the support we had at the start. We've also met a few others who have labradors from Crammondkirk locally (Buddy's brother Archie, and his cousin Arlo) - each pup turns heads and attract attention of other dog owners. Heartily recommended!
Karen Dutton
Karen Dutton
22/10/2022
Absolutely recommend Crammondkirk Labradors this is where we got our black Labrador puppy from she has settled into her new life with us in Suffolk, she is 16 weeks old now and has started her puppy training and is doing really well , she has a fantastic temperament even at this young age , all credit to Louise at Crammondkirk, from the first time we went to view the puppies with their mum to picking her up and bringing her home was a positive and pleasurable experience, no wonder Ruby is thriving, thank you Louise .
Debra Hay
Debra Hay
21/10/2022
We picked-up our black Labrador, Murphy, last December. He was calm and cute when we picked him up from Louise. He's been a great addition to the family, and Louise has been helpful and supportive answering any questions we have. Over the last number of months we have also been using Louise's dog walking service which Murphy is very enthusiastic about. We highly recommend getting a dog from Crammondkirk Labradors.
Carol Bassett
Carol Bassett
10/10/2022
We bought Maud a chocolate Labrador puppy from Louise @ Crammondkirk Labradors in April 2022. Louise was brilliant throughout the whole process. We visited on several occasions, met Maud’s Mum & all her litter siblings. It was clear that these puppies were being looked after in the best possible way. We have had nothing but joy with Maud since bringing her home and would highly recommend Crammondkirk Labradors to anyone who is considering buying a puppy. …
Sharon Hoskins
Sharon Hoskins
06/10/2022
We were looking for an older dog to join our family as we didn’t want a puppy to train. A friend recommended Crammond Kirk labs, we went to visit and fell in love instantly. Lana came to live with us when she was 7 years old, she fitted in with no problems, she is such a relaxed and happy dog with amazing manners! She is so gentle with children and any pups we meet. We meet lots of Cramond Kirk labs on our daily walks and they all seem to have a chilled vibe. Louise is always happy to help with any questions I may have and it’s lovely that Louise and Jeff walk Lana when we are working. Lana is always happy to see them. I would recommend Crammond Kirk Labradors to anyone ?
Ann Marie Carr
Ann Marie Carr
18/09/2022
We brought our boy Murphy home 2 weeks ago now and can't believe how well settled he is. Our youngest son is autistic and Murphy has been fantastic and so calm. Best thing we ever did. Everyone we meet comments on how well adjusted he is. Louise has been so supportive and willing to give advice. I would highly recommend Louise and Crammondkirk to anyone looking for a labrador pup.
Karen M
Karen M
13/09/2022
My beautiful lab came from here
craig rae
craig rae
07/09/2022
After looking around for a bit I came across Crammondkirk and although other puppies were available elsewhere I just felt this was the right place and worth waiting for the puppies to arrive. I got Finlay at the end of July and feels like he’s always been here. Settled in brilliantly and has been a joy to be around. Great temperament and loves being around other dogs/people. He’s coming along fantastically thanks to the great start he had from Louise. Excellent breeder with loads of knowledge and advice which was appreciated. Information pack Louise made up was a lifesaver specially when there’s a lot going on at the start. 5+ stars and highly recommended.
Ian John
Ian John
29/08/2022
We have recently welcomed Elsie, a black labrador puppy bred by Louise, into our home. She is an absolutely lovely dog with a wonderful, calm temperament, very sociable, a waggy tail and she loves to be loved. Louise is a breeder who is very professional, keeps her dogs in five-star accommodation, and is very happy to share her knowledge and advice. We would absolutely recommend anyone who is thinking of getting a labrador pup to contact Louise. She has a waiting list, which is testament to the the quality of the pups she raises.
Ed Bell
Ed Bell
06/08/2022
Evie recently joined our family and has settled in so well. She has such a gentle nature and immediately got on really well with our young daughter and Floyd the cat. Walking with Evie is very easy as she’s so well behaved and she absolutely loves swimming! Louise was fantastic and gave us lots of advice. We’re looking forward to many future adventures with Evie in our family. Would have no hesitation recommending Crammondkirk Labradors. Many thanks. Ed & Katie.

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