Dog Breed Spotlight – Retrievers

We have dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds here in 4S Ranch. One of the most popular breed groups are the retrievers. These smart, gentle dogs are highly trainable and generally have very sweet dispositions, and they make excellent family pets. As the name suggests, retrievers were originally bred to fetch fowl and small game for their hunting masters. Nowadays, they can often be found helping people by serving as guide dogs for the blind or disabled. Retrievers also make excellent therapy dogs, and can often be found helping our police forces as well.

Here is a look at some of the most popular retriever breeds.

Golden Retriever

Originating in the 1860’s in Britain, the Golden Retriever may have begun as a cross between the Flat-coated Retriever and the now-extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. Golden Retrievers typically have coats that range from a pale yellow to a burnished gold color. They are quite sweet and are one of America’s favorite dog breeds.

Labrador Retrievers

The Labrador Retriever is also sometimes known as the Saint John’s Dog. These friendly pups first appeared in Canada, where they used to help fishermen bring their nets onto shore. The Labrador Retriever is great at getting water fowl. As you might suspect, these dogs tend to enjoy swimming. The Labrador Retriever is a very popular family dog, and can often be found working as a sniffer dog or guide dog.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

As legend has it, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever got his start in 1807, when an English ship with two Newfoundland pups aboard got into a bit of trouble offshore near Maryland. The two puppies were given as gifts to local sailors, who bred them with their retrievers and hunting dogs. Today, the Chesapeake Bay is known for its love of water, and is a sweet and popular family pet.

Flat-Coated Retriever

This adorable working dog was very popular during the early 20th century. The breed originated in Britain, but was actually descended mainly from two Canadian breeds: the Labrador Retriever and the Newfoundland. Irish Setters, herding dogs and spaniels were also used as stock when the Flat-Coated Retriever was first being bred. These dogs make excellent working dogs and companion dogs, and are very smart. They also have a lot of stamina, and are great at retrieving game.

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