What does the word retriever mean?

Usage examples for retriever

  1. At a deep river called the Nopkobets, which emerges from the mountains close to the sea, we were ferried by an Aino completely covered with hair, which on his shoulders was wavy like that of a retriever, and rendered clothing quite needless either for covering or warmth. – Unbeaten-Tracks-in-Japan by Bird, Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy)
  2. A moment after, and straight down the lane towards her tore a large retriever; his mouth was open and covered with foam, and he kept making snaps at the air as he rushed along. – Odd by Amy Le Feuvre
  3. Mrs. Lyons showed me the bear she has got tied up in their compound, and it is the most wretched little thing, not bigger than Rover, papa's retriever, and it's full grown. – Among Malay Pirates And Other Tales Of Adventure And Peril by G. A. Henty