Labrador Retriever, also called Labrador and Lab, breed of sporting dog that originated in Newfoundland and was brought to England by fishermen about 1800. It is an outstanding gun dog, consistently dominating field trials. Standing 21.5 to 24.5 inches (55 to 62 cm) tall at the withers and weighing 55 to 80 pounds (25 to 36 kg), it is more solidly built than other retrievers and has shorter legs. Distinctive features include its otterlike tail, thick at the base and tapered toward the end, and its short dense coat of black, brown (“chocolate”), or yellow. The Labrador Retriever is characteristically rugged, even-tempered, and gentle. It has been used in military and police work, as a rescue dog, and as a guide dog for the blind.