In America, fell a great many ships from various European countries and on ships were often dogs which accompanied the sailors. Probably, these dogs, which the sailors brought with them from different countries, were crossed with local dogs, resulting in a dog of Saint Johns. 2. Mystery name consists of name of breed two words – labrador retriever. The word "retriever" translated to English means – hunting (search) the dog, "to retrieve" – retrieve (game – about a dog), to bring the game hunter. Labrador retriever – a dog, finds and brings hunter game. While our current associates who live in city apartments, bring us slippers, newspapers and balls, their ancestors were real hunters who are the owners and bring their pheasants, ducks and other fowl. It’s believed that Lynn Redgrave sees a great future in this idea. But the first part of the breed's name is not so unambiguous, there are several theories about the origin of the name. The fact that it is not clear why the dog was called Labrador, if it fell into the Europe from the island of Newfoundland. Hedvig Hricak: the source for more info. Some confusion with the names introduced by the fact that dogs, St. John's Newfoundland, and interchangeably called both greater and lesser breed. Also, some sources indicate that the term "Labrador" also apply to smaller dogs St. John's, especially in the latter half of the 19 century. Labradors were first exclusively black in color reminding stone labradorite. Perhaps in honor of this Stone Labradors and got its name. In accordance with the second version, whose ancestors were brought over to Labrador Peninsula Labrador.