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29 Things You Didn't Know About Labrador Retrievers, America's Most Popular Dog

6. They Became Popular In England
Labradors were exclusive to Newfoundland until the early 1800s, when they were first imported to Poole, England. It is believed that they came to Poole via Portuguese fishermen, who sold the fish they caught in Newfoundland in the fishing ports of Poole in Dorset. Their Labradors came with them on the ships, and the dogs were first sighted in England during the first half of the 19th-century.

Because they're tough working dogs, the British quickly adopted them for work and hunting.