Originating in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s, the Golden Retriever was developed by Lord Tweedmouth, by crossing the original yellow Flat-Coated Retriever with the now Extinct Tweed Water Spaniel.
He later crossed in the Bloodhoud, Irish Setter and more Tweed Water Spaniel. The dogs were called the Golden Flat-Coat and only later were they given the name Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds known today, not only as family companions but for obedience competitions, hunting, and tracking, as a bird dog on both land and in the water, narcotics detection, service dog for the disabled, a guide for the blind and as a therapy dog. The Golden Retriever was first recognized by the AKC in 1925.
These are lovable, well-mannered, intelligent dogs with great charm. Charming, devoted, and self-assured, they are a favorite family dog. Energetic and loving, Golden Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters so that obedience training can be enriching. This breed needs to be around people who display leadership to be happy. The Golden Retriever may become destructive and high-strung, over-exuberant, and distractible if he/she lacks in daily mental and physical exercise.
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