History

About the
Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.

The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. (LRC) is a nationally based club dedicated to preserving the integrity of the breed. It is the single organization officially recognized by the American Kennel Club as the national parent club of the Labrador Retriever. Incorporated in October 1931, in the state of New York, the LRC, Inc. is not affiliated with any other association titled or claiming to be the National Labrador Retriever Club.

The Labrador Retriever Club has a rich history with past and present members and Labradors. Our Constitution and Bylaws are published here and include information on becoming a member of the Club.

Events
The Club sponsors a National Specialty Event week in October of each year that includes a specialty show, obedience and agility competitions, retrieving tests and educational seminars. In addition, the LRC, Inc. hosts two hunting retriever tests and two field trials annually.

The Club has an introductory test for novices interested in training their dog for field work called a Working Certificate test. A Working Certificate will be issued to any that passes the basic test requirements. The Club also sponsors a Conformation Certificate program whereby a dog is evaluated against the written Standard for the breed (dog must be at least one year old).

Both these programs are open to intact Labradors, as well as spayed or neutered animals. It is also recommend that you have your dog pass a Canine Good Citizen test sponsored by the American Kennel Club.

Publications and Contributions
We publish a quarterly newsletter and an annual Yearbook. The LRC also provides educational material for new owners, breeders, and potential judges of the breed.

The Labrador Retriever Club's Breeders Directory is available online. It has been made available for prospective Labrador owners who are looking for reputable breeders of puppies and older dogs. The Breeders Directory is indexed by name, location, and "kennel" name.


In addition, we donates funds toward breed specific health issues and are always working towards educating the public about our breed.

Brief History
Today, the Labrador Retriever is America's most popular breed. But it was not until 1917 that the first Labrador was registered by the American Kennel Club. According to records the first retriever field trial licensed by the AKC was held December 21, 1931. That same year, on October 24, the Labrador Retriever Club was incorporated under the laws of the State of New York by a group of sportsmen led by Franklin B. Lord.

The Club's first annual specialty show was held on May 18, 1933 in New York City. Mrs. Marshall Field, Judge, awarded Best in Show to Mr. Lord's Boli of Blake, who, on November 1, 1933, became the first Labrador to earn his American championship.

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