In this article, we will be taking a look at a number of different retriever dog breeds that are very popular in the hunting community. Retrievers are a type of dog breed that has been bred to be the perfect gun dog. Essentially, their job is to run off to fetch any animal that their master has shot and bring it back to their master.
Due to the characteristics commonly found in retriever breeds, they have grown in popularity to become popular pets too. The Labrador Retriever has become the most popular dog breed in the United States of America, The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and a number of other countries.
The Labrador Retriever is by far the most popular retriever breed out there both when it comes to being used as a working dog and as a regular pet. There are plenty of reputable breeders available but it is important to ensure that you check that the breeder is either breeding working lines or domestic lines.
Although there is some crossover between the two, accidentally picking up a working line when you actually want a domestic line can result in a dog with a larger amount of excess energy. Similar to this, if you accidentally source a puppy from a domesticated line but want a puppy from a working line, your dog may not have enough energy to retrieve all day.
Next up, we have the Golden Retriever the second most popular retriever breed going and the only other one that is overly popular. As the with Labrador covered above, there are plenty of reputable breeders to source a Golden Retriever from but remember to confirm if they are domestic or working lines.
Although they are commonly mistaken for a Labrador, the Golden Retriever is a totally different breed but they do share a number of common ancestors over the past few hundred years of breeding.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
That said, if you are an active household and are looking for a dog you can take hiking or running with you then this shouldn’t be a problem. The activities will be enough to deal with the dogs excess energy and prevent any destructive behavior resulting in the dog becoming bored.