Golden Retrievers: The Origin Story
Golden retrievers are loyal, majestic and just so darn pretty that it’s easy to imagine they’ve been amazing since the dawn of time. This history of the retriever explains how they came to set the gold standard.
The need for Tweedmouth
In 1864 a nobleman named Lord Tweedmouth set plans in action to create the breed we now know as the golden retriever. Tweedmouth crossbred several dogs, including Irish setters and Tweed water spaniels, to come up with the golden retriever. Side note: “Lord Tweedmouth” would make the fanciest name for the retriever in your life.
A coat for coasts
Retriever breeds have extra oil in their hair follicles that makes their coats waterproof. They were bred this way because the breed’s original purpose was to help hunters by retrieving fallen birds from lakes and rivers.
Big top breed
Pretty much every source you read about retrievers includes some allusion to the legend that the breed originated from the mixing of several Russian circus dogs. There is no hard evidence to back up this claim, but it may explain why your retriever is so good at making people laugh.
Because they were bred for hunting, retrievers are very athletic dogs that need a ton of both mental and physical stimulation. Think about it: If you were used to running all over the countryside after fast-moving animals, would you be content to veg on the couch all day? We didn’t think so!
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