Everyone loves a Golden Retriever!!! They are beautiful, loving and exuberant dog breeds. Currently, they’re one of the most popular dog breeds among family pets. So if you love Golden Retrievers, here are some fun facts on these Golden dogs:
- Originally from Scotland
Records of Lord Tweedmouth from Scotland were released proving that Golden Retrievers most likely came from Scotland. In 1864, Lord Tweedmouth purchased a “yellow retriever” named Nous and bred him with a Tweed Water Spaniel named Belle. The beautiful Golden Retrievers we love today are most likely descendants from Nous and Belle. So we have Lord Tweedmouth to thank for this beautiful breed.
- Russian Circus Dog Origins?
For decades, the world believed that Golden Retrievers came from Russian circus dogs. However, this theory has been debunked since Lord Tweedmouth’s archives came to light.
- A Very Active Breed
Golden Retrievers are part of the sporting group dog breed. They’re very active members and are always ready for action. They usually enjoy fetch, hiking, swimming and other exercise. They’re natural athletes and learn very easily, so they can excel in almost any sport.
- Great Working Dogs
This Golden breed has been used for hunting, tracking rescue, personal service, etc. Name a duty and they’ll probably be able to fulfill it for society! Despite their playful and goofy personality, they are quick learners and can often master many skills. The most famous Golden Retriever working dog is Betagne. She was a search and rescue dog who searched for survivors at ground zero after the September 11 attacks.
- Top Notch Therapy Dogs
Goldens are among the top breeds employed as therapy dogs to calm people. Their unconditional love and unlimited amount of empathy offers comfort to anyone in distress, especially to the elderly or young children.
- Always Young at Heart
Golden retrievers take much longer to mature than other breeds. They will show off their exuberant puppy behavior well into adulthood! Often, they will remain playful and downright silly well into adulthood.
- Goldens LOVE to Eat!
This playful breed also loves to eat, and they’ll eat anything too. We’ve seen Golden Retrievers eat toys, paper, crayons, remotes, etc. If it’s out, usually it’s fair game to them! Most Goldens are also very food driven. So, you can use treats to train them any trick. They’ll often do anything for a treat. They’re also known to eat quickly and overeat, so be careful during feeding time. We recommend controlling their portions because if you let them eat freely, they’ll eat it all within seconds.
- Mouthy Doggies
It’s not uncommon to see a toy or an object around the house in their mouths. They love to prance around with something because they love to retrieve and carry things.
- Soft Mouths
Golden Retrievers are known for their soft mouths. It’s so soft and gentle that they can even carry a raw egg around without breaking it. It’s because they were originally hunting dogs and were trained to retrieve things like ducks without damaging them.
- Exceptional Competitors
Goldens are extremely intelligent, athletic and good-natured, which makes them great competitors for dog sports like agility, obedience, dock diving, etc.
- One of the most Popular Dog Breeds in the US
Golden Retrievers have been among the top ten of most popular dog breeds in the United States for years. They’re currently ranked #3 out of 195 breeds.
- Labrador Retrievers are Ranked #1
Currently, Golden Retrievers cousin – Labrador Retrievers – are ranked #1 in most popular dog breeds in the United States for decades.
- Excellent Swimmers
Both Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers love to swim. They’re usually up for a swim in the lake, pool, or river.
- They Love Mud Too!
Be careful. Golden Retrievers love mud as well. It’s not uncommon to find your Golden rummaging around in wet mud outside. They understand the importance of a mud bath!
- Excellent Sense of Smell
They’re known for their tracking abilities because of their keen sense of smell. If there’s ever a search and rescue going on, you’ll always find at least a few Golden Retrievers part of the rescue squad.
- 4th Smartest Breed
Goldens are considered the 4th smartest breed.
- Water-Repellent Double Coats
They’re bred to be strong swimmers! So they have water-repellent double coats. They also shed a lot. We recommend giving Golden Retrievers a good brushing once a week to help manage the shedding.
- AKC Recognized Since 1925
The American Kennel Club officially recognized this beautiful Golden breed in 1925.
- Presidential Dogs
A few presidents have owned Golden Retrievers as pets during their time in office such as President Ronald Reagan and President Gerald Ford.
- Golden Retrievers Come in 3 Different Types
Golden Retrievers come in three different types: English, Canadian and American. There are subtle differences between the types such as coat, color and slightly different facial structures.