re·​triev·​er | \ ri-ˈtrē-vər How to pronounce retriever (audio) \

Definition of retriever

: one that retrieves especially : a dog of any of several breeds having a heavy water-resistant coat and used especially for retrieving game

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Recent Examples on the Web YouTube videos on how to get your pup started well in advance of bringing him home, and sign up for an online training course, like Cornerstone Gundog Academy, which gives you all the tools to train your dog from a pup to a finished retriever. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 Teach retrievers to sit and stay, and only train bird dogs to stay. Tom Keer, Outdoor Life, "7 Top Hunting Dog Training Tips from World-Class Experts," 11 May 2020 But several people noted that larger working dog breeds — like retrievers or pit bulls — were more likely to be presumed male, whereas small fluffy lap dogs were more frequently presumed female. Zoe Fenson, TheWeek, "Dogs are from Mars, cats are from Venus," 28 Mar. 2020 Per usual, there'll be lumberjacks and fastest-retriever competitions and a trout pond, along with scores of outdoor-sports-minded vendors packing the hall at 640 S. 84th St. in West Allis. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, including Rockabilly Chili, 'Set It Off' and more," 4 Mar. 2020 Because the obstacles are adjusted for height classes, all sorts of breeds were competing: dachshunds, Papillons, Havanese, pugs, corgis, rat terriers, Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers, Berger Picards, Belgian Malinois and Doberman pinschers. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "At the Westminster Dog Show: Top Dogs, Top Docs," 11 Feb. 2020 Upland breeds running hard for miles need more than retrievers bringing back 10 birds in a morning. John Gordon, Outdoor Life, "10 Gun Dog Disasters to Avoid," 11 Feb. 2020 Error 0: Five-year-old retriever mix Emma is another special case currently at the shelter. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Meet Moochie, the orphaned dog who just lost her owner, and others at the Houston Humane Society," 26 Feb. 2020 Scrimshaw panels feature a flying mallard drake and hen on one side, and a retriever on the other. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "The 16 Most Awesome Turkey And Duck Calls You’ve Ever Seen," 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of retriever

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Retriever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of retriever

: a dog that is used for retrieving birds or animals that have been shot by a hunter


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Kids Definition of retriever

: a dog that has a water-resistant coat and is skilled in retrieving game

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