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    Golden Retriever |Scotland|

    Golden Retriever |Scotland|

    Goldies, as they are often called, are known for their exceptional temperaments, and although they were bred originally as working dogs, they make the transition to family companions with ease. They are still valued as gun dogs, but are also used in a range of other capacities including search and rescue, drug and bomb detection, and assistance dogs for the deaf and blind. Golden Retrievers are generally easy to train, obedient, and intelligent, which combined with their gentle nature, has led to their immense popularity.


    Originally called the Yellow Retriever, the breed was developed in the nineteenth century in Scotland by Sir Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, who kept large kennels on his estate and bred hunting dogs. One dog that helped to estabish the breed was Nous, bred to a Tweed Water Spaniel named Belle who produced four yellow puppies. These dogs were crossbred to Red Setters, Wavy Coated Retrievers, Bloodhounds, and Tweed Water Spaniels, eventually giving rise to a specific type. The first Goldie was seen at Crufts Dog Show in 1908, and in 1913, the British Kennel Club recognized the breed. The breed had arrived in the United States by the 1930s with Colonel S. Magoffin. He established the Gilnockie Kennels in Colorado, which account for many of the pedigree lines today.

    Puppies can require up to two years of an owner’s undivided attention, training, and socializing before they mature.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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