Know The 6 Types of Retriever Before Getting One

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The original job of retriever was to help hunters locate and gather their downed game. To be competent enough for this job, these types of retriever needed to have soft and gentle mouths to carry the game without damaging it. On top of this, they needed to be strong and agile to carry larger prey. That’s why retrievers are often referred to as “collector” dogs.

What is the best retriever dog in America? No one beats the Golden Labrador. Besides their cute faces, this breed is known to be one of the most intelligent retriever breeds in America. They are easy to train as well. Their excellent sniffing and medium energy capabilities make them a top choice for retrieving assignments. There are plenty of other impressive breeds for this job.

Below are the 6 types of retriever breed:

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are versatile dogs that can serve as bird dogs, rescue dogs, service dogs, family pets, and assisting the disabled. Besides their even-tempered, affectionate, playful, and intelligent personality, they are good at sniffing and tracking almost anything: contrabands, game, etc. That’s why they are a darling of law enforcement agencies and rescuers. Better yet, they are natural athletes and agile. They don’t bark often, a character that makes them bad guard dogs but good rescuers. Good retrievers need to guarantee a high level of obedience, something Golden Retrievers does quite easily. So if you’re looking for a retrieval breed that is easy to train and doesn’t bark unreasonably, Golden Retrievers would be an excellent choice for you.

Golden Retriever

Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers are fast growers, reaching an adult height in just six months or slightly more. They are near square in appearance, complete with sturdy legs and a strong body. Males reach the maximum height of 24 inches, which is the medium size for most dogs, although this breed’s sturdy build makes them appear larger. Their energetic nature makes them great dogs for retrieval and similar assignments but can turn destructive if they are left alone without being exercised, often resorting to digging, chewing, and barking too often.

Labrador Retriever

Flat-Coated Retrievers

Flat-Coated Retrievers are typical retrievers who like to carry things around in their mouths. Although something is always in their mouths most of the time, they seldom chew excessively. They were bred to be dual-purpose retrievers capable of retrieving game both from water and land – they are popular for those two roles even today. Besides being adorable companions with a good-temperament towards kids and other pets, they are sensitive and agile. Trainers have an easy time training them (you might want to train them yourself) because of their ability to respond well to non-coercive and positive training methods.

Flat Coated Retriever

Curly-Coated Retrievers

The Curly-Coated Retrievers are perhaps the shyest retriever breed out there. They use their mouths a lot from birth, chewing things and carrying stuff around. Curly-Coated Retrievers are medium-large yet strongly built dogs with a dense and water-repellant wavy coat. They are also obedient, another characteristic that makes them highly preferable for retrieval tasks. American types of this breed tend to be deep-colored compared to their British counterparts.

Curly Coated Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

Chesapeake Bay retrievers were bred in the Maryland State to be tough retrieving dogs, but with their family, they’re all hearts. Chessies, as they’re adorably nicknamed, are as protective as any other sporting dog but unfriendly towards strangers as any other fierce canine you’ll ever buy. This personality makes them excellent for both retrieval work and serving as watchdogs. However, no other characteristic makes them more competent for retrieval work than their tough and tenacious build. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers can withstand rough waters and brutal cold nature of the Eastern parts of the U.S.


Nova Scotia Duck Tolling

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling resembles Golden Retrievers, except that the coat is more copper-colored with white markings on the chest and neck. Just like other retrievers, they are high-energy dogs with an intelligent and curious temperament. They are hardworking dogs that are intolerant to boring low exercise homes – this makes them great excellent hunting companions. Their drive for work and keenness to sense faint smell has always secured them a role in search and rescue missions. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling is the smallest retriever breed, with a height ranging between 17 -211 inches (or 43 – 53 centimeters) at the withers. They weigh between 20 – 50 lb (or 14 – 23 kilograms). Females tend to be lighter and shorter than males.


So here you go, these are the 6 different types of retrievers.  Which one is  your favorite?  Let me know in the comment below =)

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