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Dogs 101: Golden Retriever Facts Most Popular Dog Breeds -Animal Facts

Dogs 101: Golden Retriever Facts Most Popular Dog Breeds -Animal Facts


A few wild dogs took it upon themselves to
watch over man: to bark when he’s in danger, to run and play with him when he’s happy,
to nuzzle him when he’s lonely. That’s why they call us man’s best friend. – Shadow, The Golden Retriever from the movie
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Cheerful, easy to train and eager to please,
the Golden Retriever is what you see in the dictionary when you look up “Perfect Family
Dog.” Goldens love everyone, especially children,
and get along well with new people and strange dogs. They draw admiring looks – and usually loving
pats – from almost everyone they meet. Welcome to Animal Facts. I’m Leroy. Today, let’s meet the loyal and intelligent
darling, the iconic Golden Retriever. Let’s get started. 10. The noble golden retriever has truly aristocratic
roots, being the brainchild of Dudley Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth. Lord Tweedmouth developed the breed in his
native Scotland during the mid-to-late 19th century. Golden retrievers were bred from flat-coated
retrievers and Tweed water spaniels (a breed that is now extinct). Goldies were originally bred for hunting Wildfowl. This required a dog that could traverse both
land and water, due to the numerous wetlands and rivers where hunting typically took place. Goldens also have “soft mouths,” meaning
they can carry things in their chops without damaging them — an important skill for canines
tasked with retrieving their masters’ hunting trophies. They’re so gentle, in fact, that some can
be trained to hold a raw egg in their mouths without breaking it. 9. GOLDEN RETRIEVERS HAVE AN EXCELLENT SENSE
OF SMELL. As their name suggests, golden retrievers
were intended primarily as hunting dogs to retrieve felled game in the field. Therefore, they were bred to possess an extremely
powerful sense of smell, and indeed their olfactory skills are among the best of all
dog breeds. Thanks to their intelligence and their sharp
sense of smell, Golden Retrievers excel in search and rescue operations and as therapy
or guide dogs. Their hardworking, attentive natures help,
as Goldens can maintain their focus and follow their noses wherever they lead. 8. This breed’s name went through a small bit
of evolution early on in its existence. At first, the golden retriever was listed
as the golden flat coat, and was regarded technically as a color variation of the flat-coated
retriever rather than a breed unto itself. Golden retrievers gained their own identity
in 1913 along with the founding of the Golden Retriever Club in the U.K. 7. Golden retrievers earned American fans almost
from the beginning of their history in the late 19th century, but it took a few decades
for the American Kennel Club to recognize the breed officially. They finally did so in 1925. The breed’s popularity only took off from
there, as it found favor among American families and hunters alike, due to the excellence of
their personalities and physical abilities. 6. While living in the White House, President
Gerald Ford had a golden retriever named Liberty. She came from Minneapolis, and was originally
named Streaker. The pampered pooch had a live-in trainer and
even gave birth inside the White House. Liberty received a lot of fan mail, which
was answered by Ford’s daughter Susan. Eventually, Ford’s secretary began mailing
back “signed” pictures of the president and his dog with an inked paw print on the
side. The paw print signatures were originally the
real deal, but as requests increased, they had to switch to a rubber stamp. 5. There’s a Kangaroo in Australia named Dusty
who believes his “mum” is a Golden Retriever named Lilly. Says Dusty and Lilly’s caretaker: “He’s
always grooming her, they’re always together, and if Lilly goes out of the yard, he pines
for her and sort of hops up and down the fence until he’s let out to go with her.” 4. Golden retrievers are highly intelligent and
easy to train. As a result, they’re frequently used in television
and movies. The breed enjoyed especially notable popularity
in 1980s and 1990s TV sitcoms. Golden retrievers featured prominently on
“Punky Brewster” as the titular character’s dog, Brandon; on “Full House” as the Tanner
family’s dog, Comet; and on “Empty Nest” as the Weston family’s dog, Dreyfuss (although
Dreyfuss was half Golden Retriever, half Saint Bernard). The popular family films “Homeward Bound”
and “Air Bud” also starred golden retrievers. 3. The intelligence and physical skill originally
bred into golden retrievers to make them excellent hunting dogs remains in demand today, though
less often for hunting and more often for more modern applications. In particular, golden retrievers are prized
as assistant dogs for people with various disabilities. Assistance-dog organizations like Assistance
Dog International,Canine Companions for Independence and Paws With a Cause all train golden retrievers,
Labrador retrievers and Lab-golden crosses for the job almost exclusively. 2. The American Kennel Club introduced its official
obedience trials in 1977, and its first three obedience champions were golden retrievers. The very first was a female named Moreland’s
Golden Tonka, aka Tonka. During Tonka’s career, she earned eight perfect
scores and 176 “High in Trial” awards. Based on the AKC’s official rankings, the
golden retriever is the fourth-most intelligent dog breed—right behind the German shepherd
and just ahead of the Doberman pinscher. 1. In 2010, an 18-month-old Golden Retriever
named Angel saved his 11-year-old owner, Austin, from a cougar attack. He threw himself between the boy and the cougar
and the two animals fought until a constable arrived and killed the cat. While it was initially believed that Angel
had been mortally wounded in the attack, according to the boy’s mother, he eventually sucked
in a “big breath of air and then got up [and] walked to Austin, sniffed him to make
sure he was all right, then sat down.” He went on to make a full recovery. Well, there you have it. These facts are Golden. Can you retrieve any facts we may have missed? Leave them in the comments below. We really appreciate you spending time with
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Comments (11)

  1. These dogs are golden in more than just their color. Agree?

  2. Homeward Bound was such a great movie!

  3. I love Homeward Bound!

  4. I love golden retrievers 😊💜

  5. My service dog is injured and can't do his job. I need to get a new pup to train to do the work.  I have asked Animal Facts if I can post my Gofundme link https://www.gofundme.com/ServicedogJessica If you can help please do.

  6. I am on my second golden retriever. The first one lived to be 16 yrs. The second one is going on 10. Best dog breed in the world to me. They are awesome dogs.

  7. You do realize that Bloodhound has the thrown for the sense of nose you realize that right

  8. My favorite dog is the golden retriever

  9. We had two Holden’s (still have one), our other crossed rainbow bridge 2years back and everyday I would take her back in a heart beat. Our other one is going to cross the bridge soon.

    I thought I’d never own anything but a golden though ended up finding a Barbet, similar but not the same. Now I’m stuck between getting another Barbet or going back to the golden (love them both sooo much) the Barbet doesn’t shed but the shedding may be worth it.

  10. 😭my golden just passed away yesterday there the best dogs in the world

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