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Retrievers

retrieversRetrievers do just as their name suggests, that is to say, they retrieve game that has been shot down and bring it back to their owner. Retrievers developed to work with water fowl have coats that are naturally water repellent and in some Labradors webbing of the toes allow for better swimming.

Retrievers were bred primarily to retrieve birds or other prey and return them to the hunter without damage. Although spaniels and some pointing breeds routinely retrieve game, and many retrievers are skilled in finding game, retrievers are distinguished in that non-slip retrieval is their primary function. As a result, retriever breeds are bred for soft mouths and a great willingness to please, learn, and obey. A soft mouth refers to the willingness of the dog to carry game in its mouth without biting into it.

Retrievers are highly athletic and well-balanced dogs. The special density and hair type of their coat that allows them to repel water, and their seemingly limitless energy enables them to quickly adapt to working in both the water and on land. They have webbed feet that propels them powerfully through water.

In addition to their excellent hunting skills, the versatility and personality of the Labrador and Golden Retrievers has made these breeds popular as a family dog. Adaptability, willingness to please and acceptance of the unknown has made the Retriever breeds indispensable for use as guide and service dogs.