10 Great Facts About Golden Retrievers

1. Golden Retrievers were originally bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl during hunting and shooting parties – hence the name ‘retriever’.

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2. They were first bred in Scotland in the mid-1800s, but they weren’t good at retrieving shot game from both the water and land, which was a necessity. They were therefore crossed with the Water Spaniel to make the Golden Retriever breed.

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3. They were recognized as a breed by the English Kennel Club in 1911, but not until 1925 by the American Kennel Club.

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4. Both US Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan had Golden Retrievers.

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5. Augie, a Golden Retriever from Dallas, holds the world record for “Most Tennis Balls Held in the Mouth by a Dog” with 5 tennis balls.

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6. They are the third most popular dog breed in the USA – it’s not hard to see why!

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7. The lifespan of a Golden Retriever is about 10 – 12 years.

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8. They’re also often used in police units as drug detection dogs because of their outstanding sense of smell.

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9. Golden Retrievers have a two-layer coat. The topcoat being water-resistant and wavy, whilst the undercoat is soft and keeps them cool/warm throughout the seasons. This kind of coat comes in handy, as they are known to absolutely love swimming!

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10. They are often used as guide dogs due to their friendliness towards people, eagerness to learn/please and their gentleness.

Fri Jul 22 2016