The Golden Retriever originally came from the Scottish Highlands back in the late 1800s. He was mainly used as a hunting dog. Lord Tweedmouth developed the dog to be able to cope with the climate and the terrain and to capture game easily. He mixed the Tweed Water Spaniel (extinct now) and the Yellow Retriever that he found on his estate. Later, he mixed the Bloodhound and the Irish Setter in as well.
The Golden Retriever is eager to please and highly intelligent. He’s one of America’s most popular breeds. He’s also a great seeing eye dog and search and rescue dog. His coat can be light through to dark gold in colour. His double coat is water-repellent and sheds seasonally. It needs to be brushed regularly. He stands at 24 inches high.