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The Labrador Retrievers in the USAIt’s ironic that Labrador Retrievers, which were developed in North America, came to us from Britian. They were being exported to the United States and were popu¬lar before World War I. Although the AKC grouped them together with the other retrievers, those who were active in sport shooting considered the Labrador Retriever the best breed for waterfowlers. Many serious breeders from Long Island imported the dogs, as did expert kennel men and gamekeepers from Europe.
By the later part of the 1920s, the AKC recognized the Labrador Retriever as a separate breed.

What Is the AKC?
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is the oldest and largest pure¬bred dog registry in the United States. Its main function is to record the pedigrees of dogs of the breeds it recognizes. While AKC registration papers are a guarantee that a dog is pure¬bred, they are absolutely not a guarantee of the quality of the dog—as the AKC itself will tell you.
The AKC makes the rules for all the canine sporting events it sanctions and approves judges for those events. It is also involved in various public education programs and legislative efforts regarding dog ownership. More recently the AKC has helped establish a foundation to study canine health issues and a program to register microchip numbers for companion ani¬mal owners. The AKC has no individual members—its members are national and local breed clubs and clubs dedicated to vari¬ous competitive sports.

The Labrador Club of America was founded on Long Island late in 1930, and Mrs. Marshall Field became the first president, serving from 1931 to 1935. Franklin B. Lord and Robert Goelet were co-vice presidents. Mrs. Marshall Field judged the first specialty show in 1933. (A specialty show is for only one breed.) It was held in a garage in New York City. Thirty-four dogs were entered, and the winner was Boli of Blake, owned by Lord.
In the 1920s and 1930s, when most Labrador Retrievers were being run in retrieving trials as well as competing in dog shows, many famous Long Island families were involved in these competitions. Some of them included the Phipps, the Marshall Fields, J. P. Morgan, Wilton Lloyd Smith, and the Whitneys.

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