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Retrievers Make Great Pets!

Updated on October 27, 2014

Angel ~ Our Family's Golden Retriever

I have always loved dogs for as long as I can remember! Their faithful, never ending devotion to their families is remarkable. Always there to greet you when you come home, cuddle up with, play and exercise with, protect your family and home, and have their special way of placing a smile on your face after a rough day are just a few of their good qualities.

Our family dog, Angel, is a mix of golden retriever and labrador retriever. She is the sweetest, most gentle creature I've ever met! When I started researching to find out more about her breeds, I was fascinated at what I found! If you have a dog or are a fan of dogs, have fun reading a bit about them, enjoy some silly and interesting videos about them, and learn more about how to care for these precious animals.


A Retriever / Lab Mix

My puppy, Angel, on the right!

Since she is a mix of golden and labrador retriever, I thought you might want to see the differences in these two similar breeds. Can you see some similarities between her and her relative breeds?

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Playful Puppy Power! - A+ in Cuteness!

We do not have any baby pictures of Angel because she was adopted from the SPCA when she was two years old, but she might have looked like some of these puppies! (The last one is not a retriever, but thought you might enjoy it!)

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retriever Retrieving!
Golden Retriever Retrieving!

Golden Retrievers are known to be very sweet and good natured making them a great choice for a family dog. Children love their playfulness, and adults love their faithful companionship. Their great intelligence makes them easier to train than some other breeds. They are a popular choice to become service dogs in many jobs.

The first retrievers were bred in Scotland in the late 19th century from a combinations of Irish Setters, Bloodhounds, and Spaniels. The breeders hoped to create a dog who would make a great hunter, and they succeeded!

Find Information & Print Outs about Dogs from Enchanted Learning. The Dog Breed Info Center has interesting information about Golden Retrievers and several wonderful pictures of retrievers! The American Kennel Club has detailed descriptions about the physical aspects of golden retrievers.

Retrievers are very loyal work dogs! There are many stories of them being trained as service dogs to the blind, rescue heroes, therapy dogs, and police / detective partners.

Dogs 101 ~ from Animal Planet - Golden Retrievers ~ Season 1 ~ Episode 3

Breed All About It - from Animal Planet

Retriever Videos - Funny dog videos!

Labrador Retriever

3 Varieties of Labs
3 Varieties of Labs

The first retrievers were trained to 'retrieve' wild game for their owners such as waterfowl and pheasants both on land and water. Their great intelligence, strength, and temperance made a wonderful combination to help people hunt. Through the years they have been breeded into six main categories of retrievers and several more varieties.

A grown lab may grow to about two feet in height and weigh anywhere from 50 - 80 pounds. Their fur comes in three main colors: black, yellow or golden, and chocolate (a brownish-red mixture). Labs are agile, fast, and highly energetic! They sure like to go for long walks and play outdoor games! Being very social, these wonderful creatures love to be around people and participating in their activities. Besides being gentle friends, lovable family members, and playful athletes, retrievers today may still go hunting with their masters, but they are also being trained to help patients in therapy, people with disabilities, police in drug searches, and rescue personnel with search and rescue efforts. Quite an awesome breed, don't you think? If you want to know more about Labrador retrievers, the following will get you started.

Some famous labs include Seamus (the dog that accompanied Lewis & Clark's journey), Ubu (you know, from tv productions - "Sit Ubu, sit."), and Old Yeller (the movie I cry throughout).

The Dog Breed Info Center gives information about their temperament, size, health, life expectancy, exercise, grooming, origin, and more. I love the picture of the black, chocolate, and yellow labs on the page!

The American Kennel Club gives the history and a thorough description of Labrador retrievers.

Meet the Breed ~ Labrador Retriever

Love Your Retriever!

Retriever Training & Care - Show them your love.

Show your retriever (or any other doggie breed for that matter) how much you love him or her by patiently training and taking care of it! Here are a few ideas.

What do you think?

What breed of dog do you like better?

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Angel's Favorite Movies ~ Air Bud - A Family of Athletic Golden Retrievers!

Angel loves this fun family movie series!

What kind of dog do you have? - I adore all types of canines!

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    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @doglover55: Yes, adopting an animal into a family is a long commitment. All of our pets have come from the local shelter where they were living after their first families abandoned them. They have all been valuable family members who we treasured until the end of their lives. (Angel is our current dog. We hope she will be with us many more years!)

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      5 years ago

      really liked your lens. Just wished that people realized that a dog is investment of about 10 till 15 years and not just buy a cut puppy.

      To many dogs end up in shelters, because people do not realize that.

      Have a great day


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      6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Angel you've got it made!

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @juliannegentile: I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Julianne. {HUG} I have lost beloved pets, also, in the past and understand how difficult it is. Before we had Angel, we had a sweet poodle mix named Wolfgang for almost 16 years. I am still grieving him although it has been over a handful of years.

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      Julianne Gentile 

      6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      I'm currently grieving the loss of our 17 year old golden mix, Belle. I miss her terribly. We also have a beagle mix named Lucy. Angel is a real beauty. This is a lovely lens.

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      CritterLover LM 

      6 years ago

      Love dogs! Great lens.

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      6 years ago

      Very nice len... I Have a Labrador Dog She is almost Humen... She Even Watching TV and Singing Check It Out

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      dexter yarbroug1 

      7 years ago

      Great lens. I have a golden retriever!

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      7 years ago

      Pit Bull. Love my pit bulls. However, if space wasn't an issue I would sneek in a golden too!

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      bames24 lm 

      7 years ago

      We have a Labrador and a Pomeranian... both seem to ignore tv and would rather chase each other and pretend fight.... love your lens! :)

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      7 years ago

      I have a husky-mix(with malamute) now. Years ago, I had 2 black labradors. They were the best family dog's. Miss them lots. Angel is beautiful. Very informative.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These are wonderful lovable dogs. I have a German Shepherd. Blessed by an April Fools angel. See this featured on my April Fools Angel Blessing as soon as it is published. Your blessing is coming first. So check back.

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      7 years ago

      angel is precious!! i bet you two have a lot of fun together :) come see some of angels cousins i took pictures of when they were babies. in the meantime i gotta see what your puppy dog is up to on her other lenses. :)

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      7 years ago

      Well, all my dogs are of the stuffed variety. But I do like Angel.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Retrievers are fabulous pets and Angel is beautiful! We have both a Golden Retriever, who I adore, and our black Labrador Retriever, who is still puppy enough that he keeps me running. lol They are everything you have said, pretty, playful and protectors. The perfect pet!

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      7 years ago

      Retrievers make great first dogs. My husband and I had a golden/lab mix when we first got together and she was an amazing dog. Unfortunately when we became homeless we had to rehome her. It was a very sad day. Now we are in a more stable situation and we have a dog again. This time it's "my" breed (the breed I will go back to time and time again): A Rottweiler. We swear she's a "rottriever" though since she's always going and getting things and bringing them back to us! So fun. :)

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      7 years ago from WNY

      Nice lens!! After putting our precious 14 year-old yellow lab to rest last November, me and my family are now the proud owners of a 5 month old chocolate lab puppy. Labs are so sweet..... :)

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      7 years ago

      I have a lab retriever and I love him to bits but he's the worst at retrieving! Sometimes he does retrieve, but then gets sidetracked, drops the item and runs off after something else. :P

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      7 years ago

      Hi, I have a golden retriever (17 yrs now) and lost a black lab and a cocker spaniel in the last two years. Your baby is beautiful. I love your site (lens) and pics.

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      7 years ago

      No dog at this time.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @maytheforcebewi: I'm sorry! You can hang out with Angel when you are visiting our house! =D

    • maytheforcebewi profile image


      7 years ago

      We don't have a dog, my dad is allergic.

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      7 years ago

      I'm pleased to meet Angel and just have to lensroll to my I Want a Dog lens!

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      7 years ago

      Ohhh...Angela, i pretty sure I love you!

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      7 years ago

      I love golden retrievers, but I have a labrador in my hometown, near my parents house.

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      Yvonne L B 

      7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Angel sounds like she's living up to her name. We think mixed breed dogs are the best.

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      7 years ago

      What a cutie!!

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      8 years ago from Chicago

      Wonderful lens about a great breed. Love Goldens!

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @anonymous: I love them, too! Wish we had room for another (or 2)! Thanks for your link to retriever information. : )

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      8 years ago

      I love Golden Retrievers! I think it's the best dog to adopt (well, if you have a house:)

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      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Joan4: They are very darling animals! : )

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      8 years ago

      We have a golden retriever and a poodle - and the poodle rules! :) The golden is female, very very polite and well mannered. This is our second golden and we have totally enjoyed both. The first one lived about 12 years. We have found goldens to be easily trained and very loyal and sweet pets.

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      8 years ago

      I have a golden retriever, lab mix and she looks just like Angel. Great family dog and so sweet and playful. Her name is Bell.

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      8 years ago

      I have the same dog, she looks just like Angel. Her name is Bell. And she is such a sweetie, so playful and great with my kids.

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      8 years ago

      I have a Tenterfield terrier. He is a small dog but is very bright and has a huge heart!

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      BW Duerr 

      8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I have a lab, and had a Shiba Inu before. I'm a dog lover, anyway, so love them all. :D Your Angel is beautiful. Lensrolled to my Chocolate lab page. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      Love your lens. Awesome information on it. Lensrolling right back to my Siberian Husky lens

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      momto4 lm 

      8 years ago

      Great lens! Nicely done! We have 2 Labradors, 1 Jack Russell and 1 mixed bred.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Beautifully done. They are definitely a wonderful breed :)

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      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have a golden. Her name is Sheba and she's now almost 14. Before her I had a male golden named Leo. Both wonder-dogs.

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      8 years ago


      I have a yorkie. He is a sweetie. But I like all kinds of dogs.


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