The Black Labrador was first bred in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, where they were initially used to help the fishermen bring in nets and fish from the seas. Nowadays their strength and retrieving qualities are far more likely to be seen as they chase after a stick or ball thrown by their beloved owners. The Labrador has quite simply become one of the most popular breeds of dog and is a trusted and much-loved member of many families worldwide. Leslie depicts him in a pose familiar to us all. He's exhausted, having just dragged some oversized old log the entire way back to the car but not even the exhaustion of the walk can stop this loveable lab from grinning ear to ear. The strikingly lifelike image of the Black Labrador is in sharp contrast to the background pattern of mustard yellow and turquoise, making this not just a quality fine bone china coffee mug but an elegant piece that would make the perfect gift for dog and art lovers alike.