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.