Lots of small water dogs were bred in Canada in the 1800s as fishermen’s helpers who reeled in nets, fetched ropes, and pulled fish out of the cool water. Labs were especially great for this since their double coats kept them warm and their webbed feet are great for swimming. The name Labrador comes from a province in Canada, but it’s not where Labs were first bred. They hail from the province of Newfoundland, and were bred with a dog of the same name, Newfoundlands and the St. John’s Water dog. In 1830, the Duke of Malmesbury started calling his pups Labradors, after another Canadian province, and the name stuck.