A. Even within individual breeds, a dog's personality will vary greatly depending on how it is trained and taken care of. Reading up about breeds you are interested in, as well as basic training material may give you a better idea as to what type of dog you'd like. Visiting a local animal shelter may also help you find a mixed breed or even purebred dog that fits your needs looks-wise as well as personality-wise!
If you want a dog that is a retriever type, then looking at breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, or even Portuguese Water Dog types may give you some direction as where to look. You can look up breed personality and visual traits by visiting a website such as the AKC, and looking in the Sporting group.
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