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That dogs of the Golden Retriever breed love to swim and bathe is probably no big news for either dog owners or dog enthusiasts. The American Kennel Club was the first to recognize the breed as a distinct breed, though this happened as late as 1925. The word ‘Retriever’ comes from their original task of retrieving downed birds from the ground and running with them to their owner. Here are ten more facts that you may not know about the breed!

Golden Retrievers’ history can be traced back to Scotland…

For decades, apocryphal stories circulated that Golden Retrievers descended from Russiancircus dogs. This theory was debunked when the records of Lord Tweedmouth from Inverness, Scotland, were released. In 1864Lord Tweedmouth purchased a ‘yellowretriever’ named Nous and bred him with a liver-colored Tweed Water Spaniel named Belle. Golden Retrievers, as we know them today, likely descend from the dogs Nous and Belle[source]

Not a breed for the lazy…

This active breed does not fare well as a couch potato. They are always ready for action, whether it’s fetching, hiking, swimming, or any other form of exercise. They are natural athletes who excel in a variety of sports, and it’s important to keep this in mind if you plan on getting a Golden Retriever. [source]

Incredibly smart and trainable…

Golden Retrievers are used for everything from hunting and tracking to rescue and service dog work. Despite their playful, sometimes even silly behavior, they learn quickly and can master a variety of skills, including performing as search and rescue dogs at disaster sites. It’s not surprising that they are used in so many different areas, as they are classified as the fourth smartest dog breed (!). [source]

And they love to eat…

But in defense of the dogs, who doesn’t? Golden Retrievers are known to be very food-oriented and greedy, and they can eat almost anything they come across, from their dinner in their bowl to toyspaper, and crayons. They also tend to overeat, so knowledgeable owners know that treats should be limited, and their meals should be carefully measured[source]

Of course, they are also in the Guinness World Records…

What would a dog breed be without a world record? Nothing, of course! And what would the breed be without a more peculiar world record? Absolutely nothing! In 2020, a Golden Retriever based in New York City entered the Guinness World Records for carrying the most tennis balls in its mouth at the same time – six! The record is also included in the printed edition of the book from 2022. [source]

Handle with care…

Since Golden Retrievers were originally bird dogs – meaning they retrieve downed birds and bring them to their owner – it’s not surprising that they like to carry things; anything from sticks and toys to umbrellas and other items that can be carried. They are also known to be very careful with the things they carry; so careful that they can even carry an egg without breaking it! [source]

The dog’s face can give an indication of its lifespan…

Predicting a dog’s lifespan is not something that can truly be done. But besides doing things that can promote longevity, such as proper nutrition, the shape of the dog’s head and muzzle can also give you an indication of its lifespan. Golden Retrievers with longer, narrower faces generally live longer than dogs with broader faces. But as mentioned, consider it just an indication, and nothing more! [source]

Good at observing – bad at guarding…

They are good at being watchful dogs but terrible guard dogs. They will usually bark loudly when someone knocks on your door, but when they physically interact with a person, the dog will instead become very friendly and affectionate, probably demanding to be petted. If a burglar asked a Golden Retriever to point out the most valuable thing in the house, it would probably let the thief in and point to the refrigerator. [source]

The best vacation ever…?

Do you and your family have trouble deciding on a destination during the holidays but love dogs? Don’t worry – here’s the perfect vacation! In the UK, you can vacation and live with over 30 Golden Retriever dogs! The tourist attraction opened its doors in 2017 and has proven to be beneficial, not just enjoyable. The camps have helped many people who have been affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other things. Wouldn’t you want to be greeted by 30 happy Golden Retrievers, as in the picture below? [source]

That’s why you should never shave or clip your dog…

You should never shave or clip a dog’s coat short. The long coat protects Golden Retrievers from heat and cold, and it should never be cut or shaved unless there are medical reasons, which you should consult a veterinarian about. Their beautiful coat serves an important purpose. [source]

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