Basically, the dog breed does not play a major role in retrieving - most dogs enjoy the game. However, there are dog breeds who are fond of retrieving. Some of the breeds mentioned below were even bred to track down and bring shot game and are still very keen to catch a dummy and bring it back to their owners.
Retrievers are the ultimate retrievers. Her name derives from the English "to retrieve sth." = "bring something back". The hunting dogs were bred to find shot game or small game and then carry them to the hunter. There are six retriever breeds recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI):
- ● Flat-coated retriever
- ● Curly Coated Retriever
- ● Chesapeake Bay Retriever
- ● Golden Retriever
- ● Nova Cotia Duck Tolling Retriever
- ● Labrador retriever.
In the video, you can see Berie, a golden retriever, retrieving a previously hidden dummy:
2. Border Collie
The Border Collie also loves retrieving. Originally bred as a herding dog, the Collies love to be challenged and occupied. However, the extremely intelligent dogs can quickly become underwhelmed by simply throwing a dummy - just increase the difficulty during the dummy training.
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3. Australian Shepard
Just like the Border Collie, other herding dogs also like retrieving and dummy training. The Australian Shepard, for example, has a lot of fun playing the game. In principle, Australian Shepards should only be kept by active owners who can keep the dog physically and mentally sufficiently busy and able to work. Sporty retrieval is a good way to do this.
4. English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel is a rummaging dog that is also ideal for retrieving. The oldest of the English Spaniels has always tracked game and dragged the prey back to the hunter. Even as a family dog, this trait is still inherent to him and he loves to look for and bring dummies.