About The Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever was first developed in Scotland, at “Guisachan”, the highland estate of Dudley Marjoribanks, later known as Lord Tweedmouth in the late 1800s. His interest in retrievers stemmed from the personal desire to develop a superb retriever suited to the Scottish climate, terrain and type of available game. They were bred specifically to retrieve, and to have a love of water.
They were developed as a gun dogs to retrieve waterfowl. From the first, the Golden Retriever has been a premier worker. His bid ability and calm, sensible demeanor has earned devotees in many areas of endeavor. The physical and mental traits that make the Golden Retriever such a useful hunting companion also fit him for modern activities such as obedience competitor, tracking dog, show dog, guide and assistance dogs, search and rescue, and many other modern activities. The Golden Retriever’s athletic good looks reflect his abilities, and nothing in the dog’s makeup should interfere with, or detract from, the Golden’s working sporting characteristics
The English type Golden is a Golden retriever not much different then what we call the American bred. They are judged by the same standards in Europe and America. It is not a color difference that sets them apart. Some are lighter and are called a light Golden. The difference is very minor. English type have a big solid bone structure with a broader head and muzzle. Top line is straight. The standard height for males is 22-24 inches at the withers and females 20-22 with a deviation of only 1 inch either way.They are seen very readily in Europe as light in color but can also be medium in color. Europe uses the UK standards for the breed and weight is not specific. However, it is in the AKC. For standard the males weigh 65-75 lb. and the females weigh 55-65 lb anything more or less would be disqualified in the show ring. An all white Golden or red is an unacceptable color for show standard. They are considered to be one of America’s favorite household pets.
The typical Golden Retriever is calm, intelligent and has an exceptional eagerness to please. They are excellent with children and this along with their other qualities has made them a favorite family pet. Golden Retrievers love to retrieve. Retrieving can keep a dog of this breed occupied and entertained for hours, particularly if water is also involved. Goldens are also noted for their intelligence, and also for their patience with children. As with any dog, children should always be supervised when playing together.