Types of Retriever Dog Breeds

Would you like to adopt a retriever dog for yourself and/or your family? If so, you may start looking for a retriever dog without any idea of the different types of retriever breeds

Originally, these dogs were bred for hunting. However, as the years went on, they became more of an outstanding breed. They are still used for hunting at times. However, they are also great family pets.

Some people would say the retriever breeds, including the yellow labrador retriever and the American golden retriever, are the most popular dog breeds around the world

Learning more about the different retriever breeds can allow you to figure out which one would be best for you and/or your family. 

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Breed

One of the best retriever breeds is the Chesapeake Bay retriever. This dog originated from 2 dogs that had been saved in Maryland during 1807. Those 2 dogs were both the St. John’s Newfoundland breed. They were great retrieving dogs.

When these dogs were bred, the puppies and interbred, different retrievers were born. These included the curly-coated, flat-coated, and otterhound retrievers. Eventually, these were all considered to the Chesapeake Bay retrievers. 

The Curly-Coated Retriever Breed

To this day, you can still get one of the curly-coated retrievers. This is one of the retrievers that has been around for the longest. The curly-coated retriever came from the St. John’s Newfoundland dog. They are different from other retrievers because of their tight, small, water-resistance, and crisp coat.

These dogs are great for hunting because they are very smart, committed, and easy to train. If you are looking for a more independent retriever breed, this is it. 

The Flat-Coated Retriever Breed

This is the retriever breed that was crossbred from spaniels, sheepdogs, setters, and the Newfoundland dogs. They are related closely to the labs. However, the flat-coated retrievers have more elegance and they are skinnier, too.

If you are looking for a retriever dog that has the most beautiful coat with a unique head, this is the dog for you. They even have a kind expression for those who are looking for more of a support dog. 

The Golden Retriever Breed

One of the most popular retriever breeds is the Golden Retriever. These dogs were originally founded in the later 1800s in the Scottish Highlands. Dudley Marjoribanks was the founder of this breed. He wanted to breed a superior retriever that would do well in the climate where he lived. The Golden Retriever came from a yellow wavy-coated retriever puppy and a tweed water spaniel. 

The puppies from this litter turned out to be beautiful yellow labrador retriever dogs. They were called Golden Retrievers. These dogs had amazing physical abilities. They were very smart and loving, too

To this day, these dogs are called the American golden retriever. 

The Labrador Retriever Breed

Another one of the retriever breeds that you may want to look into is the labrador retriever. There are different versions of this dog. However, the labrador retriever started in the northeastern areas of Canada. Fishermen wanted a dog that loved the water and was eager to please their owners. They also wanted a dog that could help bring in nets, lines, and fish. Over time, these dogs also became great hunters. 

To this day, the labrador retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds throughout the United States. They have a solid build. They are gentle, loving, smart, and love pleasing their owners. 

There are many places where you can find labrador retrievers. They are in police service work, therapy centers, search and rescue missions, and in family homes. 

The Nova Scotia Retriever

The Toller or the Nova Scotia retriever is another one of the retriever breeds you may want to learn more about. This dog breed originated in a part of Nova Scotia called Little River Harbour. They came about during the 19th century.

These dogs are alert, agile, intelligent, and compact. They were originally bred to hunt waterfowl. Waterfowl hunting is also called tolling which is where this breed got the name, toller. 

If you are looking for a dog that is active, loves to play fetch, will go hunting with you, and is smart, this is the dog for you. They have a beautiful double coat that has white markings on a bed of red. Their coat is water-repellant, too.


Now that you know more about the retriever breeds, you can decide which one of these breeds is best for you and/or your family.

If you decide on one of these breeds, you can always check with AKC registered breeders to find your next puppy. Sometimes, you can also find these dogs at rescues or adoption centers. Whether you choose the American golden retriever, yellow labrador retriever, the Novia Scotia retriever, or any other breed, they are all great family pets and hunting dogs. 

Do golden retrievers shed?

If you are looking for a dog that isn’t going to shed much, that isn’t going to be the golden retrievers. These dogs shed a lot, especially during the fall and spring. You must brush these dogs daily to get loose hair off their coat. This can also help to keep some of their hair from getting on the furniture in your house and on your clothes.

Are labs good dogs?

If you are considering getting a lab, it might be helpful to know they are generally good dogs. These dogs are usually great around kids and other animals. If you are looking for a family dog, labrador retrievers are a wonderful choice. With proper training, exercise, and care the lab can be the perfect dog for you.

What is a labrador?

The labrador dogs are also known as labrador retrievers. These dogs were originally bred as hunting and fishing dogs. They hunted and retrieved waterfowl and fish for fishermen. They originated in various locations. Today, they are very common in the western parts of the world.

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Written by Leo Roux

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