The first club in 1916
The pioneer of the clubs, The Labrador Retriever Club, celebrated its 20 years of activity in 1936. Other associations followed its way, particularly The Yellow Labrador Club, which as his name indicated it, it defended the best interests of that fur colour due to the fact that by that time the chocolate dog was almost non-existent.
This did not stop the Kennel Club authorizing, quite wisely, the cross between different varieties, so that the breeders would not feell their selection work limited by just one breed and variety: the fur is one thing, but the type, the health and aptitudes are three things very important regarding canine selection.
During the period between the wars, the Kennel Club registered, year after year, more than 35,000 puppies in their Stud Book.
If the Retriever was at the beginning a labor dog, its strong demand, which raise in the 70’s, would be mainly directed towards the pet dog or companion dog and the show dog or dog expositions, with more outstanding classes which presented several hundred of competitors.
On the field, the amateurs of Field moved away from the dominant selection, to select their own lineages in order to underline the quality of their work.
During that period, the births pass the threshold of 15,000 puppies registered by the English breeders and in a great number of competitions, the Labrador would be regurlaly aligned with the classes which are majority and it was generally the number 1 breed regarding the number of dogs exposed.