What Are Some Interesting Facts About Golden Retrievers?

What Are Some Interesting Facts About Golden Retrievers?

Golden retrievers were developed in the 1800s by Baron Tweedmouth in Scotland but were not officially recognized as a breed until 1925. Since then, golden retrievers have enjoyed an extraordinary amount of fame in the United sates and have become the third-most-popular dog breed as of 2014.

The golden retriever was bred from the flat-coated retriever and the tweed water spaniel. In fact, the golden retriever, formerly called the golden flat coat, was considered just another variation of the flat-coated retriever up until 1913, when it received a new name and identity.

The golden retriever was developed to be a powerful hunting dog with its super sniffing nose. Its olfactory skills catapulted it into jobs dealing with search-and-rescue and bomb sniffing. Not only is it known for its keen sense of smell, but it is also one of the smartest dog breeds in the world, making it a great service and therapy dog and highly trainable. In fact, a golden retriever won the first three obedience trials by the American Kennel Club. Its trainability also makes the golden retriever a prime candidate for use in television and movies. For instance, "Homeward Bound" and the popular "Air Bud" movie series feature golden retrievers.