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Retriever Breed Information
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Retrievers are a friendly group of breeds, making very good pets. They are not prone to being territorial or insecure, nor aggressive or destructive. Labrador Retrievers, for example enjoy holding objects and even hands or arms in their mouths, and are known to have a soft feel to the mouth. They love to chew objects, but can be trained not to. Their coat repels water, making this dog a great hunting dog, and they love playing in the water.
Three sizes of Retrievers are currently distinguished.
The Male are 22 – 25 inches tall.
The Female are 21 – 24 inches tall.
The Standards: Females – 55-93 pounds; Males – 60-130 pounds.
Each retriever’s coat is different – Labrador Retriever coats are interwoven and waterproof. Golden Retriever coats are generally longer fur, but still water repellant and sleek.
The coats come in a variety of colors including: Black, Yellow and Chocolate.
As with most breeds of dogs, Retrievers will usually live for about 13 – 15 years, with exceptions in both directions.