the Golden Retriever
Retriever was originally intended to be a "gentleman's hunting
dog" - a companion dog, a working retriever, and most importantly,
a member of the family. The breed is well known for its versatility,
willingness, intelligence and spirit, offering something for every
dog fancier everywhere. These basic traits remain instilled in the
Golden Retriever today due to the conscientious and dedicated people
who have devoted their lives to maintaining this beautiful breed as
it was meant to be.
order to really "know" about the Golden Retriever, you need
to understand their history. Where did they come from? What was their
purpose? This knowledge will give you the sense of what the Golden
Retriever is today and what we expect the breed to become tomorrow.
Lily and Aubrey - Hugs all the way around!
|A little background
- Based on the records kept by Lord Tweedmouth (the former Sir Dudley
Marjoriebanks) in Inverness, Scotland, Lord Tweedmouth had acquired
a yellow retriever puppy named Nous in 1865 - the only yellow in a
litter of all black retriever puppies. Two years later Lord Tweedmouth
received a liver colored Tweed Water Spaniel. This was Belle. Lord
Tweedmouth was determined to breed a dog capable of handling the rugged
field conditions of the Scottish and English coastal area. With this
purpose in mind, he bred Nous to Belle and produced four yellow puppies
- Ada, Crocus, Primrose and Cowslip. By the end of the 1800's, there
fell into place a line of Yellow Retrievers popular in England, all
based on the methodical planned breedings done by Lord Tweedmouth.
During the 1890's Golden Retrievers were to be seen throughout the
United States and Canada, with the first AKC registration of the breed
recorded in 1925.
A casual moment with Geri and 8-week old Allie.
The Golden Retriever
as we see it today remains the solid, versatile, working retriever
that Lord Tweedmouth had originally conceived. Although they continue
to run the field during the hunt, the new paths they have taken
are as varied and limitless as can be imagined. Devoted guide dogs
assist the blind and hearing impaired. Skilled companions provide
aid for those physically challenged. Outgoing and charming therapy
dogs offer their unconditional love to those who welcome their friendship
through visits to hospitals and nursing homes.
These dogs can do it
Unfortunately, that leads to a downside for this beautiful breed.
popularity of the Golden at an all time high, there are many people
producing dogs that no longer carry the qualities so long honored
in the Golden Retriever. Due to indiscriminate breeding by the well-intentioned
but inexperienced person or the breeding-for-profit of the Golden
Retriever in a puppy-mill, the breed today is not always known for
the gentle personality, willing and easygoing worker, or the loving
family companion. There has been an increase in the rate of hip
dysplasia, heart problems, epilepsy, genetic eye disorders and aggression
within the breed. The soft-look and loving nature of the Golden
Retriever is not to be found everywhere.
wonderful family dog - Flag at 6 months.
It is important to understand
the consequences of these aforementioned breeding practices.
If you research carefully,
read thoroughly and ask questions, you can have a wonderful
member of the family - the same Golden Retriever that Lord Tweedmouth
had envisioned all those many years ago.
Read the official
standard of the Golden Retriever as submitted by the Golden
Retriever Club of America and approved by the American