The breed of dog known as a Labrador Retriever, more usually referred to as a Labrador or a lab, is very popular in both Canada and the United Kingdom.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), which keeps track of such things, they are also the most common breed of dog in the United States.
According to Sally Morgan, author of "Dances of the Heart - Connecting with Animals" and holistic physical therapist who works with people as well as pets
"many children have grown up sleeping with their heads nestled against these family-friendly breeds
who are typically more tolerant of small children than many smaller breeds
Many children have grown up sleeping with their heads nestled against these family-friendly breeds," she says.
"These breeds love to play fetch in the yard, love to swim, and love to romp with children," adds Morgan
"They have provided decades of fun and love for a great number of American families.