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

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11. They Almost Went Extinct
While today Labradors are the most popular dog breed in the U.S. for 30 years running, there was a point in time when the breed nearly went extinct. In Newfoundland in the 1800s, a tax was levied on families who owned a dog. Not only were they taxed for their pet, but the law also decreed that they were allowed to only have one dog. Female dogs were taxed higher, so breeders usually unloaded their female puppies, which later created a massive shortage in the breed.