10 Fun Facts About Golden Retrievers

1. Golden Retrievers trace their history back to Scotland. Apocryphal tales that the Golden Retriever was a descendant of Russian circus dogs circulated for decades. The records of Lord Tweedmouth, Scotland disproved this theory. Lord Tweedmouth bought a yellow retriever named Nous in 1864 and gave him to Belle, a liver-colored Tweed Water Spaniel.

2. As sporting dogs, Golden Retrievers need lots of exercise. The Sporting Group is full of active members who aren't afraid to get up and go. They are always available for action, no matter what activity they're doing, such as fetching, hiking or swimming. They are natural athletes who excel in a wide range of sports.

3. They’re a hard-working breed. The Golden Retriever is used for everything, from tracking and hunting to rescue and service dogs work. Despite their playful and sometimes silly demeanour, they are quick to learn and can be trained to become rescue and search dogs at disaster sites.

4. Golden Retrievers make top-notch therapy dogs. To calm and soothe people, therapy dogs are frequently used by goldens. The unconditional love and empathy that Goldens possess is unmatched. A Golden can comfort and calm anyone, whether they are young children or elderly patients.

5. Past puppyhood, Golden Retrievers often stay young at heart. All that exuberant puppy behavior you know? This behavior tends to last for Golden Retrievers longer than in other breeds. They are playful and sometimes downright silly as they age.

6. Golden Retrievers love to eat. They'll eat everything, from their dinner to their toys, papers, and crayons. It's okay to eat if it's not out. Overeating is a common problem. Smart owners will know how to limit their treats and make sure they eat only at mealtimes.

7. Golden Retrievers are naturally mouthy. Golden retrievers are similar to other retriever breeds. They will likely carry something with them wherever they go. This could be sticks, toys or clothing.

8. When carrying objects, they’re known for their soft mouths. All retrievers need a soft mouth to be able to grab and hold game, such as ducks, without damaging them. It's been said that the Golden's soft mouth can hold a raw egg in its mouth without breaking it.

9. Goldens shine in event competitions. Goldens, intelligent and athletic dogs, are excellent competitors in dog sports such as Obedience Agility, Dock diving, etc.

10. Golden Retrievers are perennially popular pets. For decades, the breed has been on the top ten list most beloved dog breeds in America. Most recently, it was number three of 195. The Labrador Retriever has held the top spot for 28 year.