2. Labrador Retriever
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This dog was first bred by fishermen in the early 1800’s, in Newfoundland, Canada.
Trained to retrieve fishing nets, this is a dog that loves to swim, has great stamina and can leap dramatically into water. Since the breeders couldn’t call him Newfoundland (that name was taken), they named him after the sea in which they worked!
Labradors are strong swimmers with webbed feet and an otter-like tail that can act like a rudder in the water – making them a favorite for canine water rescue.