The mention of the St. John's water dog in that recent post led me through Google to this really interesting site that tracks the entire history of the Lab. Really fascinating.
ENSLUMENS (FCI) The Kennel of black and chocolate labradors - Interesting about labradors
Duke and Freckles at their country home
interesting link. Still hard to say what dogs were mixed into the lab originally, may have to start my research on the St-John's dog (though they don't say what was added to that to make the lab)
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
On Dogs 101 it says that it was bred down from the newfie
Love is a Lab!
thanks for the link