Behavior, Dog Breeds, Gundogs

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Category number two of our Gundog is the Golden Retriever. A dog which has seen a meteoric rise in popularity since its recognition as a distinct breed in 1913. At heart still a gundog, the Golden Retriever makes an excellent pet, easy to train. One of the most popular choices of pets here in the UK and worldwide for good reason. Marvelous with children and with other pets. One of the best breeds used a guide dogs. They excel in jobs like detecting bombs, search and rescue situations, tracking and competing in obedience classes.

Gundog - Golden Retriever – History

Lord Tweedmouth is credited as the founder of the breed. A yellowish color dog bred from black Wavy Coated Retrievers, crossed with a Tweed Water Spaniel.  This procedure resulted in yellow puppies. Introduced later was the Bloodhound and the Irish Setter. These yellowish Retrievers became popular in Border Countries. In 1913 the Kennel Club recognized this dog as a breed called the Yellow Retriever. The Golden Retriever Club in 1920 had the name changed to the Golden Retriever.

Derived from the Flat-coated Retrievers, Golden Retriever are intelligent, hardworking dogs that can withstand extreme cold and wet conditions. Both breeds were designed specifically for wild-fowl hunting. This dog can’t get enough water.

Temperament and Requirements

Just look at the dog’s face, its reveals the dog’s personality. Dog walkers know when they see this dog that it’s a calm, gentle, good-humored. Obedient and intelligent, easy to train. Plenty of exercise is essential, and a cold climate suits this breed best. It needs regular grooming.

Key Characteristics of a Golden Retriever

Head: A good broad head with powerful muzzle and black nose. Eyes: Set wide apart, dark in color, with dark rims. Body: Deep-chested and well-balanced. Ears: Set high on the head, but not too large. Coat: Wavy or flat with generous feathering, in gold or cream, without white patches. Tail: Sitting horizontally for preference, not upstanding or curled at the end.

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