Do You Know All 6 Retriever Breeds?

Do You Know All 6 Retriever Breeds?

Author WDF Staff


Hunting was one of the most important jobs dogs were entrusted with. There are different types of hunting dogs, and retrievers are one of them. Their main job was to retrieve prey hunters shot. It is clear where the “retriever” part of their name comes from. Most dog lovers are aware of only two or three retriever breeds. However, did you know there are 6 retriever breeds? Check them out.

1. Labrador Retriever

Let’s start with the most obvious one. The Labrador Retriever was originally bred as a gun dog. These days, Labs are the world’s most popular pet. These dogs have “soft jaws” which means they are fantastic at retrieving prey without damaging it. That characteristic is something hunters were looking for.

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These dogs are so popular because they have a fantastic characters. Labradors are friendly, playful, mild, and endlessly patient. They will quickly adapt to any living situation, which means they are an equally great choice for families with kids and singles. They love eating, so make sure you don’t overfeed your Lab.

2. Golden Retriever

It would be absolutely fantastic if these dogs actually retrieved gold, but unfortunately, they still don’t know how to do that. The Golden Retriever is the favorite choice of families with kids. Like Labs, these dogs “evolved” from gun dogs into the best possible family pets. Plus, they are absolutely gorgeous.

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Their looks are a big part of their popularity, but the thing that makes them so popular is their fantastic character. These dogs are playful, loyal, and very trainable. They are often chosen as service dogs, and there aren’t many jobs these dogs can’t do. They can pick up new things quickly, which is fantastic for potty training. This is one of the best choices for first-time owners.

3. Flat-Coated Retriever

Before Labradors and Goldens became the most popular type of retrievers, the Flat-Coated Retriever was Britains favorite retrieving breed. These dogs are closely related to the Lab, but they have longer heads and more elegant stature. They faced extinction in the 1960s because other breeds reduced the demand for the Flat-Coated Retriever.

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These dogs were primarily bred for work, so don’t be surprised to hear they are incredibly energetic. Flat-Coated Retrievers can run and play the whole day. They mature slowly, and will retain their puppy-like behavior well into their adulthood. They are incredibly fun to be around.

4. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, or Chessie, is a working dog breed. These guys are still used for retrieving, and they are one of the best in the business. These dogs are highly energetic and have a terrific work ethic. They excel at retrieving on land and in water. Chessies can become good family pets, but they will need a family that has an active life.

chesapeake bay retriever

This is not the oldest dog breed; in fact, these dogs are descendants of two dogs saved from a shipwreck off the coast of Maryland in 1807. A black female dog called Canton and a male named Sailor are responsible for their creation. These two dogs were given to the local community, which used them as gun dogs. They were bred with local dogs as well as with Flat-Coated Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, and Otterhounds. After a few selective crosses, the amazing Chesapeake Bay Retriever was born.

5. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the smallest member of the Retriever family. These guys share many character traits with other family members. They are intelligent, playful, and energetic, and these dogs will require owners that will know how to tire these dogs out.


The Toller is an interesting breed. While they are similar to other retrievers, they have some unique character traits. They can be pretty strong-willed and less sociable than others. This might not be the best choice for families with small kids. Nevertheless, the Toller will make a fantastic companion to active people that love hiking, cycling, or anything they can include their dog in.

6. Curly-Coated Retriever

Most cynologists believe the Curly-Coated Retriever is the oldest retrieving breed that was explicitly used for the purpose of retrieving prey. These days, the Curly-Coated Retriever is an active family member that loves their new role. These dogs will enjoy whatever activity their families choose to do and love spending time close to their favorite humans.

brown Curly-Coated Retriever

These dogs are nicknamed “Curly” after their beautiful, tightly curled, water-resistant coats. They are fantastic swimmers, energetic, and intelligent. The Curly can seem aloof because it is more independent than the rest of the retriever family, but they are still willing to please their owners. These dogs are fantastic dog sport competitors.

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