The golden retriever is among the most popular breed of all dogs worldwide. Their beautiful, long coats make them a very good-looking dog, but they offer so much more than just good looks. The breed is also well known for their friendliness toward people and other animals, making them obvious favourites as family pets. They are also an intelligent breed, helping them to learn manners around the home, further cementing their status as a popular household companion. Golden retrievers are generally very devoted to their families, and just want to please whenever they possibly can. They just love to play, and are perfect for many people that like to live an active lifestyle.
As well as being great around the home, golden retrievers are also able to fulfil a range of working roles. Their friendly nature and intelligence makes them an excellent choice in situations around people. Their patience allows them to keep their cool where other breeds may begin to lose their temper.
If you are looking for an ideal companion for the family, especially around kids, the golden retriever should be at or near the top of your list. There are some interesting facts about the golden retriever that might help you to make your mind and select one as the next member of your family.
Golden Retriever Fact #10: Bred By Lord Tweedmouth
In the mid to late 19th century, a Scottish Lord by the name of Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks was on the lookout for a specific type of dog. Although there were some excellent choices available, he still wanted better, so he set about creating his own breed. The gentleman, also known as Lord Tweedmouth, pooled together the genes of a handful of suitable breeds and came up with what we now know to be the wonderful gold retriever. He may have had no idea that his brainchild was destined to become a huge international success.
Lord Tweedmouth was looking for an energetic, active breed and he selected the yellow wavy-coated retriever, bloodhound, black retrievers, setters, and tweed spaniels to be part of his recipe to achieve this.
His efforts were a success, and the breed was a hit almost straight away, seeing a rise in popularity in Britain and America in the early 20th century.