Golden Retrievers are known for being some of the most sweet-natured, gentle, and beautiful dogs around. Probably started by breeding the yellow flat-coated retriever, light-coated Tweed Water Spaniels, and other Spaniels, the Golden is known as a sporting breed.
Goldens make great bird dogs, both on land and in the water. They have excellent noses and have been used not only as hunting companions, but also find work as police narcotics dogs. Golden Retrievers are also used as guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, and service dogs for the disabled. These pups hold these titles due to their great desire to please their humans, as well as their capacity for learning and obedience.
Goldens make great family pets. While they are a larger breed and do require room to run, and a good brushing every now and then, they do just fine indoors as long as their owners give them the attention they need to thrive. They have almost no guard instince, and therefore are not thought of as unpredictable or vicious at all, yet they make good guard dogs due to the fact that they will bark loudly at intruders, alarming the homeowner to any strangers.
I have had the privelage of owning two Goldens, and I would not trade them for the world! They are adorable as puppies, and as full-grown adults they are a beautiful breed. Both of my Goldens have been very well behaved, kennel trained, and get along great with children. They do tend to get a bit hyper at times, but if you keep them on a set routine, they do very well. Also, they love to play with other dogs, yet it seems they do not have a mean bone in their bodies, and will not be aggressive towards other dogs.
Goldens also seem to get along well with other species, cats included. Mine used to take naps together. I highly recommend Goldens to anyone who is looking for a good breed of dog to have in their home, especially if they have children at home. They are wonderful pets.
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The history of the Golden Retriever begins in Scotland, along the Tweed River, in the middle of the nineteenth century. A man by the name of Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, aka Lord Tweedmouth, who was an avid sportsman and dog expert is credited with starting the breed. His goal was a dog that could navigate through thick vegetation, retrieve with a "soft mouth," could endure cold waters, & was a strong swimmer.
There are many myths about the breed's origins. Some claim that Russian circus dogs were used to develop the breed. The fact is that this is one of the best documented breed origins available. Some of the breeds in the Golden's ancestry include, the Bloodhound, the Tweed Water Spaniel, the Wavy-Coated Retriever, and various setters and black retrievers.
The Golden Retriever became a recognizable breed in 1912 & was admitted into the AKC as an official breed in 1927.
References: Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds, Second Edition by D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D. The Golden Retriever Handbook by D. Caroline Coile