The Bearded Retriever is a medium to large sized retrieving breed that is bred to have a low-shedding coat. The breed is new. The foundation breeds are Golden Retrievers, Poodles, and Labrador Retrievers. Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers have long been America's most popular family dogs. The issue is that many families cannot keep one due to the shedding coats they have. This breed is the solution to that problem, and will allow many families to enjoy a retriever who would not have been able to otherwise. The breed club is in development, and the breed standard is in the process of being written. I'll update my site with more details as they become official.
The Bearded Retriever is bred for health, temperament, and sound structure. Health testing is paramount in giving puppies the best chance at a long happy life. There are many health problems that dogs can pass on to the next generation, and so it's crucial that dogs be health tested before they have offspring to minimize the possibility of passing issues to their puppies. Bearded Retrievers should have a very confident and friendly temperament. They should never show aggression or extreme submissiveness toward people or other dogs. Structure is also important, and often overlooked in retriever/poodle crossbreeds. A dog cannot have a long happy life if he/she has chronic pain in their joints or cannot get around.
Bearded Retrievers are a working dog whose job is to be an ideal companion, therapy dog, or service dog. They are bred to be reliable and obedient. They are hard working, but not excessively hyper. They are gentle and good natured at all times.
Their coat is long and furnished, giving them the appearance of a teddy bear. This type of coat is low shedding, but requires a great deal of grooming maintenance. They need to be brushed and combed several times a week to maintain a longer coat, or clipped quite short every 6-8 weeks.
They require basic obedience training and thrive when given proper direction. They love being part of the family and will want to spend as much time with their humans as they can. They should not be kept outdoors or in kennels away from their human family. They are very intelligent dogs, and may become destructive when bored if they do not have adequate mental stimulation.