The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. is the AKC recognized national parent club of the Labrador Retriever, dedicated to preserving the integrity of the breed. The club was incorporated in October 1931 in New York by Franklin B. Lord and other sportsmen. The Club held its first National Specialty show in May 1933 in New York City, where judge Mrs. Marshall Field awarded Best in Show to Boli of Blake, owned by Mr. Lord. In November of the same year, Boli of Blake became the first American Champion Labrador. The LRC sponsors an annual National Specialty event week in October, including a specialty show, obedience and agility competitions, retrieving tests and educational seminars. The club also hosts two hunting retriever tests and two field trials every year.
The LRC publishes a quarterly newsletter, annual yearbook, and educational materials, as well as a Breeders Directory on its website, www.thelabradorclub.com.