In the 1500s the St. Huberts Hounds were taken on fishing trips to the Grand Banks off St. John, Newfoundland, Canada. So the Lab came from Newfoundland not Labrador as its name would seem. The dogs which evolved into retrievers were used to help bring in the catch for the fishermen. Over the next three hundred years this strain of St. Huberts Hound became known as the Lesser Newfoundland or more commonly the St. Johns Water Dog and eventually the Labrador Retriever.
The dogs of the fisherman had to be able to earn their keep. They not only had to be steady in the boat, help haul in the catch and retrieve those fish who got out of the net. But they also needed to be able to retrieve upland birds and waterfowl on hunting exertions inland.
Soon sea captains would bring back not only the fish caught off the grand banks but also some of the best dogs to market. The main port of import for the "St. Johns Labs" was the port of Poole, England. In the 1830s, these valuable dogs began being raised in Britain. The St. Johns Dog went into a selective breeding program by the Aristocracy of England and Scotland.
This is a picture of the St. John's water dog and in the background is a Newfoundland dog .
I desaturated the background and used a sponge tool on the animals .
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ninadev (5377) 2003-10-28 18:11
I think that presenting the famous Labrador and Newfoundland dogs is a great idea. Your note is very interesting, I didn't know that much about these dogs, that is how they arrived here. Very interesting. As for the photo, I see that again you desaturated the background, if it worked once it could work again, and it would have if there was only the Labrador. With the Newfoundland dog behind with part of it missing, it's a little crowded. I see also that the photo is tilted - look at the three behind.
timmiles (0) 2003-10-29 2:06
That is a very interesting note - Labs are one of my favourite breeds of dogs and are of course very popular, but I didn't know that bit of history of them. I like the way you have desaturated the background (I like this effect that I have seen a few times on TE), although I think that it may be better if the background were blurred - the benches etc are a bit cluttered. I wonder if you had taken the photo from the left slightly as well so the two dogs aren't 'touching'.