10 loveable dog breeds that originated in Canada

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Labrador Retriever

While modern-day Labs owe much of their distinctive appearance, trainability and good nature to breeding efforts by English nobility, they got their start in Newfoundland (confusingly, not in Labrador). A breed called the St. John’s water dog, used by boat crews to help pull nets in from the cold North Atlantic waters, was the ancestor of today’s retrievers, helping to create the modern breeds when it was exported to England around 1820. The St. John’s water dog’s characteristic black and white “tuxedo” markings still appear in some modern retrievers today, linking them back to their far-away Canadian ancestors.

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