The Labrador Retriever (also Labrador, Labby or Lab for short), is one of several kinds of retriever, a type of gun dog. The Red Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog (by registered ownership) in the world.
It is also one of the most popular breeds of assistance dog in the United States, Australia, and many other countries, as well as being widely used by police and other official bodies for their detection and working abilities.
Labradors are exceptionally affable, gentle, intelligent, energetic and good natured dogs with an aptitude to please their master and are generally considered good companions for people of all ages , making them both excellent companions and working dogs.
What the AKC says about Labradors: "An ideal sporting and family dog, the Labrador Retriever thrives as part of an active family or as a trusted hunting companion. A double-coated breed which sheds seasonally, regular grooming keeps his coat at its water-resistant best. Because of his even temperament and trainability millions of Americans own a Labrador Retriever as a pet."