The Labradane hybrid is the result of a trend in the 1980s in which a demand for smaller dogs became trendy. The parent breed Labrador Retriever hails from the Newfoundland area of Canada. He was originally known as the St. John's dog and was a companion to fishermen in the early 1700s. The main job of the St. John's dog was to retrieve fish that had escaped traps or fish hooks. It is believed that the St. John's dog was interbred with both local water dogs and the Newfoundland to achieve the Labrador we are familiar with today. Labs almost became extinct in the 1800s, but today, they are one of the most popular dog in the United States. The Great Dane finds his origins in ancient times. Dogs resembling the Great Dane have been found on ancient Egyptian artifacts and in Babylonian artwork. It is thought that the Assyrians traded the dog to the Greeks and Romans, and this dog was interbred with Mastiff-type dogs or possibly the Irish Wolfhound or Irish Greyhound to achieve the Dane that we recognize today. At this point in history, the Great Dane was known as the "boar hound." In the 1600s, the Great Dane became a favorite of German nobles. The breed was given the name "Great Dane" when a French naturalist observed a boar hound who was thin like a Greyhound. German breeders continued to develop the breed, and eventually, the Great Dane made its way to the United States.