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Golden Retriever performing obedience trials. Of all the things I see dogs do at dog shows one that seems the most amazing to me is all the different tasks they can accomplish during obedience training. I think part of why it seems so remarkable is because it seems almost unnatural for a dog. Obedience is all cognition and learning for the dog and human team. In other activities a big part of… Read More

The first dog I ever had as an adult was a lab type dog. Black. Short fur. Body shape and size pretty close to what many labs look like. So it was really cool to see a Flat-Coated Retriever. They look very similar to the dog I had. The main difference is that the Flat-Coated Retriever has a longer coat. The long fur gives the dog an interesting look. Especially when contrasted… Read More

To me the Curly-Coated Retriever is one of the more surprising looking retriever breeds. I never expected the tight rings of curls across the entire body of the dog. Especially such a large dog. And it is really set of by how abruptly the curls cease right at the margins of the dogs face. The Curly-Coated Retriever has fur on its face that is short, straight, and flat. Unlike many other breeds… Read More

I have always liked Labrador Retriever type dogs. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is so reminiscent of that type of dog. Except they have this extra. I remember the first time I saw a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. It wasn’t even at a dog show. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers were part of some exhibit or something that was happening at our county fair. I think I fell in love with them right there. There is… Read More

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