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For the Love of Labrador Retrievers
Written by Robert Hutchinson Format: Hardcover Pages: 112 pages , 90 photographs Dimensions: 9" x 12.25" ISBN: 1-56313-904-9
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For the Love of Labrador Retrievers celebrates the world's preeminent dog breed in word and image. The breed's manifold excellencies shine through every one of the eighty gorgeous color images-many of them two-page spreads-with which the country's best dog photographers vie to capture the spirit of the Lab as a living companion and outdoors champion. Transparent as the all-around supremacy of today's Lab may be, the breed's origins have long been shrouded in obscurity. Robert Hutchinson's text casts a searchlight deep into the dark marshes of Lab history and discovers an unlikely motley of aristocrats, rumrunners, codders, and slavers.

The first chapter, "The People's Choice," explains the Lab's unmatched soundness and versatility by reference to the retrieving function to which it was bred. "Dog of Earl" traces the proximal descent of the modern Labrador Retriever from a plush coterie of aristocratic kennels in nineteenth-century Britain. "A Newfoundland Dog's Breakfast" cites in full every documentary allusion since 1620 to the hardscrabble forerunners of the Labrador Retriever in Newfoundland. Finally, the author argues from a potpourri of evidence artfully blended in "New-found Old Dog?" that the most plausible ancestor of our modern Labrador is the Portuguese Cão de Castro Laboreiro.


Author's Credentials:
ROBERT HUTCHINSON is the author of many critically acclaimed books on the natural and social history of dog breeds. He was a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History and studied paleontology at Columbia University.

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