Chesapeake Bay Retriever
When guns were invented in the early 1700's, it became necessary to develop specialized retrieving breeds to bring the shot game back to the shooter over longer distances and more difficult terrain. So dogs were selected with 'soft mouths' which did not bite into the skin of or chew birds or other game they retrieved. Today these dogs are among the most popular and admired of all modern pure breeds. The Labrador and Golden Retriever in particular have now become so versatile, they have been adapted to perform many of the other tasks required by our modern society.