A dog that retrieves surely is nice to own. I had only one that was a true retriever. He would lay on the rabbit until he was sure none of the other dogs could try to steal it for themselves. He then would retrieve it to me. The bad is even if someone else killed the rabbit it was brought to me and I usually was loaded down with rabbits. The year I had back surgery and couldn't hunt my cousin and his sons hunted my dogs after deer season. The first time that Buck layed on the rabbit to protect it from the other dogs, my cousin thought that Buck was going to eat the rabbit. The second time it happened, Buck was able to carry the rabbit to him before he realized that the shot on the rabbit had resulted in a kill. He called me from his cell phone to tell me about it. I then told him that Buck retrieved all the time and he didn't have to worry about any of the dogs in my pack eating the rabbit. Only Buck payed attention to the dead rabbit, and made sure the others would not take it away. He then would retrieve it, normally to me but since I was not there he brought it to the head of the hunt. I miss old Buck. He was 3/4 Blackcreek with 1/4 Indian Hills Major. A true Hunters dream dog. He also handled great, Would not run offgame, would tattle on others and no matter how hard he was running if I called he was coming if he was within hearing. I never saw one that loved running so much that could be called off. He just aimed to please.