The Golden Labrador has two of the most popular breeds as their parents. The Labrador Retriever was originally used as a retriever of fish for the Canadian Fisherman in the 1700s. They also filled a key role as a companion and loyal friend. During a visit to Canada by some Englishmen in the 1800s, they were so impressed with this dog that they brought them back with them where they were used as retrievers for the nobility during hunting outings. In the late 19th Century the Labrador Retriever had disappeared from Canada due to their breeding laws, but the breed survived and flourished in England. The English Kennel club recognized the dog in 1903 and the American Kennel Club followed suit in 1917. Blessed with a sweet nature, friendly and outgoing – the Labrador Retriever is an exuberant companion or working dog who needs plenty of exercise. The Golden Retriever was also bred to be used as a hunting dog. With their keen sense of smell, willingness to please and boundless energy they made ideal dogs to retrieve waterfowl or other small game. They originated in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s. Lord Tweedmouth was responsible for the creation of this breed using several breeds to achieve his aim, which in later years included the Bloodhound, Irish Setter and Tweed Water Spaniel. The Golden Retriever has grown to be one of the most popular breeds known today. They are used in a wide range of activities which include hunting and tracking, detection work, service work for the disabled, and as a guide dog for the blind.