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Retrievers Retrieve Anywhere

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AKC-registered Retrievers, Pointers, and Setters compete as show dogs in the Sporting Group, as well as perform their appointed duties in the field.

Golden Retrievers (pictured above) and Labrador Retrievers are sent out into field and stream to retrieve game already killed, or wounded, by their human hunting partners. The specialty of these hunting dogs is their “soft” mouth, a term used to refer to the ability of these animals to retrieve and carry game without puncturing it, or further damaging it.

Labs and Goldens also are among the most popular of family dogs in the United States. Goldens have various shades of wavy, golden coats, from light to quite dark. Labs, among the very shorthaired dog breeds, can be yellow, chocolate, or black.

Likely origins:
Goldens = Scotland, as early as 1853
Labs = the country of Newfoundland in Canada; records of their breed began in 1830

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Setters Not for Sitting

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Mick, my part Irish Setter

In dogdom, Setters are one of three familiar dog breeds that assist hunters in the chase for a variety of game. Their job is to find game and get it into the air by chasing it out of its natural hiding places.

Setters are known for their spectacular coats. English Setters have beautiful, long coats of orange, lemon, blue, tricolor, or liver belton, and squarish heads. Belton describes a white ground coat with darker hairs intermingling throughout the dog’s appearance.

An Irish Setter has a flaming chestnut, or mahogany, color. He also can be red and white. Gordon Setters are black with tan markings.

A.= English Setters — of England; dating as long ago as 400 years
B.= Gordon Setters–of Scotland; as far back as 1620
C.= Irish Setters–of Ireland; early 18th Century

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Photo of Mick from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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