The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. The breed’s friendly, tolerant attitude makes him a fabulous family pet, and his intelligence makes him a highly capable working dog.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Golden Retriever.
The noble golden retriever has truly aristocratic roots, being the brainchild of Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth, aka the Lord Tweedmouth. Lord Tweedmouth developed the breed in his native Scotland during the mid-to-late 19th century. Golden retrievers were bred from flat-coated retrievers and Tweed water spaniels (a breed that is now extinct).
Golden retrievers are instinctively fond of the water. This means that they’ll take your game of fetch into the pool or pond and burn off their energy with a water workout. Dog lovers who also relish days at the beach or lake, this one’s for you!
3) True Companions
This dog isn’t just obeying, snuggling, or licking your face because they know that’s how to ensure another treat. Golden retrievers crave companionship, particularly human attention, and every dog lover knows that kind of reciprocal affection can’t be beat.
Retrievers do very well at agility and similar dog sports. They are so keen on working, they can collapse due exhaustion! apart from physical, they also need mental activity. All kinds of hide and seek games are perfect for them. If we don't provide them enough stimuli, they easily become so bored, they can start ruining furniture, chewing stuff and causing all kinds of damage.
5) Sense of Smell
As their name suggests, golden retrievers were intended primarily as hunting dogs to retrieve felled game in the field. Therefore, they were bred to possess an extremely powerful sense of smell, and indeed their olfactory skills are among the best of all dog breeds. While rarely used in hunting today, golden retrievers are commonly employed as bomb sniffers and search-and-rescue dogs due to their keen sense of smell.
6) Obedience Champions
The American Kennel Club introduced its official obedience trials in 1977, and its first three obedience champions were golden retrievers. The very first was a female named Moreland's Golden Tonka, aka Tonka. During Tonka's career, she earned eight perfect scores and 176 "High in Trial" awards.
7) Smart Dogs
Looks and brains: Golden retrievers really have it all. These friendly family dogs are also whip-smart. According to conventional wisdom, they are the fourth-smartest breed of all, trailing only border collies, poodles and German shepherds.
Majority of golden retrievers doesn't bark a lot. In general we are dealing with a quiet breed, but certain percentage is inclined to barking and we are dealing with one of such goldens, we should expect it will bark like doing everything else - with a full enthusiasm. By the way, world record holder in barking is actually a golden retriever Charlie from Australia, who made into Guiness Book of Records with amazing 113 decibels what surpasses loudest output of majority of MP3 players and is on the noise scale somewhere between car horn and jet engine.
9) TV Stars
Golden retrievers are highly intelligent and easy to train. As a result, they're frequently used in television and movies. The breed enjoyed especially notable popularity in 1980s and 1990s TV sitcoms. Golden retrievers featured prominently on "Punky Brewster" as the titular character's dog, Brandon; on "Full House" as the Tanner family's dog, Comet; and on "Empty Nest" as the Weston family's dog, Dreyfuss (although Dreyfuss was half Golden Retriever, half Saint Bernard). The popular family films "Homeward Bound" and "Air Bud" also starred golden retrievers.
Goldens shed a lot and all year round. They have two coats of hair, outer which is water repellent and the undercoat which is very dense. The outer is long and meant to protect a dog against cold but the real challenge lies in the undercoat which grows at cold weather and starts shedding very intensively when the weather warms up. This means a lot of mess and can't be avoided but you can control shedding with regular grooming. Anyway a vacuum cleaner and a set of different brushes are almost a must for any golden retriever owner. Many of them also avoid wearing dark clothes, like black or blue.