This wee boy has the softest mouth in all the land. He loves to pick things up and carefully bring them back, priding himself in how perfect his catch is when he returns it to his owner. He could do this all day, fetch is one of his favourite games! But he also loves to cuddle up with his human, patiently waiting for when they want to play again.
Hailing from the Scottish Highlands, this beautiful breed was bred by the 1st Baron of Tweedmouth, Dudley Marjoribanks. A favourite sport for the aristocracy at the time was hunting and with the advent of new and improved guns, hunters needed a reliable dog who could fetch their bounty at much farther distances. They also needed a pup who was just as comfortable both on land and in the water because of the marshy landscape of Scotland. Through the work of Dudley, a sporty dog with a powerful retrieving and water drive was born. But what made it stand out from the other hunting dogs was the beautiful soft mouth which was perfect for bringing back the bounty unharmed (apart from the bullet hole of course).
Over the years the talents of the golden retriever were noticed and they are now used in a large range of jobs. They are very obedient and highly intelligent making them very easy to train making them a favourite in the service industry as detection dogs, search and rescue dogs, guide dogs, and hearing dogs. Their kind and friendly temperament makes golden retrievers particularly good in these support roles, and they've cared for thousands of people in their times of need.
Golden retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds for a family pet as they get on with absolutely everyone. This makes them useless as guard dogs as they would most likely role over and ask the burglar for a tummy-rub. They are very patient with children making them one of the top breeds for young families. They need a lot of exercise but are also very calm and patient making them a wonderful addition to anyone looking for a fur-friend.
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