Golden retriever history
Retriever pet care guide
Golden retrievers first came to light in Britain in the early 1800`s, it was a Scotsman by the name of Lord Tweedmouth who first brought attention to the breed on his estate in Inverness. Lord Tweedmouth first saw the dog on a trip to a British seaside town by the name of Brighton; he visited a circus while on his visit and performing were a trio of dogs who the lord fell in love with.
The dogs were Russian sheepdogs and the lord bought the trio and took them home to Inverness and began to breed them, this is where the early golden retriever came from. The golden retriever was originally bred as a sporting dog for retrieving water fowl and they quickly became a very popular breed with early golden retrievers being shown in England as flat coated retrievers.
By the 1890`s the golden retriever had made its way to North America but they were not shown in dog shows there until the 1920`s, in these very early years the dog was used primarily for hunting. It wasn’t until much later that the breed finally became recognised for its value as a loyal and faithful companion and a dog worthy of showing.
The very early golden retrievers varied in coat colour from a light gold to a dark copper but gradually as they were introduced more into shows the colour lightened into what it is today. Today for showing the lighter colours are the more preferred ones with reddish coats thought to be a fault in the breed.
The golden retriever breed was first shown in dog shows in Britain in 1908 but it wasn’t until 1913 that the dog was actually granted separate breed status and was first classed as the yellow golden retriever. It wasn’t until 1920 that the breed became known under the name we know it today, the golden retriever.
Since this time the breed has continued to grow in popularity as both a hunting dog and family pet and its beauty is known worldwide, today the golden retriever is a well mannered and easily trained dog which is bred for show, hunting and as a loyal and faithful pet.
Not only does it play its role as pet, show and hunting dog it also excels in helping people the world over as guide dog for the blind and search and rescue dog. In fact studies have shown that the golden retriever is one breed that is known to have fewer rejections in guide dog training schools around the world.