HISTORY of the golden retriever:

Other names Yellow Retriever

Country / Date of origin: Scotland / mid 19th century

Developed on the estate of Lord Tweedmouth in Scotland, the Golden Retriever is thought to be the result of a dominant mutation called a "sport" which was found in a litter of pups from a Flat-Coated Retriever and Tweed Water Spaniel cross. There has been a lot of myth around the story but we can think that this is probably close to the way it happened.

The beautiful golden dogs were given as gifts to the family's many sporting friends both in the UK and in the United States where several of the Lord's sons settled. It is still used successfully in the field although it has steep competition from the Labrador Retriever for top spot in water retrieving. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1932.

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