The golden retriever history
The golden retriever history is a long one, dating all the way back to the eighteen hundreds in Scotland. The breed was first developed by a gentleman named Lord Tweedmouth, who was looking to make a hunting dog that would work well in the field, and have great appearance as well.
Lord Tweedmouth purchased a yellow colored puppy, from a Brighton cobbler in 1865. It was the only yellow pup in a litter of black wavy coated retrievers. This puppy was named Nous. This pup was later bred to a Tweed Water Spaniel named Belle in 1868 and again in 1871. This was the beginning of the line of yellow retrievers.
Descendants of Nous and Belle, were breed with wavy and flat coated retrievers, another Tweed water spaniel, and a red setter. Lord Tweedmouth would keep mostly the yellow pups, and a few black ones, to continue his breed.
Some of these dogs were given to friends and relatives, and were primarily used by gamekeepers, as a gentlemen’s gundog.
Lord Tweedmouth’s sons brought the golden retriever to America in 1900, where they became popular very quickly. They were first considered to be a variety of the flat coated retrievers, but were later recognized as a separate breed in 1912, and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925.
The golden retriever is now the second most popular dog in America, and the second most registered with the American Kennel Club. The labrador retriever in number one.
Golden retriever history is truly interesting, and still continues to be today. Even though it was bred primarily as a hunting dog, and is still one of the best at that sport, it has many other skills today.
Some interesting golden retriever facts show that golden retrievers are now very popular with law enforcement. Because of their keen sense of smell, they are used for detecting items such as drugs and explosives. They are also used for search and rescue.
The golden retriever has become very popular as a therapy dog for visiting people at nursing homes, or children’s hospitals. They are also being used as seeing eye dogs.
But the most popular use of the golden retriever, will always be as a family pet. The are wonderful dogs, who love to be around people, and don’t like to be left out of anything. They are beautiful animals to look at, and will give you many years of friendship and happiness.