Chesapeake Bay RetrieverChesapeake 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.

Chessie Retrieving in Water

The Changing Role of Retrievers

This brief outline is of how the Retrievers' original job of retrieving shot game, has been transformed into a sporting activity. Today, their docile temperament also makes them ideal to fill the role of assisting 'special needs' people in modern society. »» Read more...

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Labrador Retriever

The Labrador is a Retriever that developed on the East Coast of the North American continent. A strong swimmer, it retrieved game for shooters, especially from the sea. In the developed world the Labrador has become one of the most popular breeds. »» Read more...

Chessie Moving

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever also developed on the East Coast of the North American continent. Like the Labrador, it is also a determined, strong swimmers and retrieved game, especially ducks like the dog pictured. »» Read more...

Golden With Bone

Golden Retrievers

The Golden Retriever is one of our most popular breeds. His medium size, his soft, kindly expression together with his loving, biddable temperament makes him a popular family pet who meets the demands of modern society. »» Read more...

Retriever Flat Coat Recreational Shooting

Flat Coated Retrievers

In the early 1800's some of the Retrieving dogs that came across from the Labrador region of Canada, landed at Poole, in the southern Region of England. There were bred with Setting Spaniels. These crosses produced the Wavy or Flat Coated Retriever that was to become extremely popular by the second half of the 1800's. »» Read more...

Retriever Curly Working

Curly Coated Retrievers

With his distinctive coat of tight, waterproof curls, the Curly Coated Retriever was developed to retrieve shot game in the Tweed River region of Britain. This river historically served as a border between England and Scotland. The tallest of the Retrievers, his long legs gave him an advantage when retrieving from among tall reeds that lined the river banks. »» Read more...