The Golden Retriever is a breed of British origin, developed in the mid-19th century by a Scotsman, Sir Dudley Marjoribanks, who later became Lord Tweedmouth. A medium-size hunting dog they excel at retrieving fowl for hunters. Strong to cover rough terrain and distance, the Golden was also bred for gentleness and trainability. Today Goldens are used in many capacities including serving as guide dogs and therapy dogs.
His classic good looks and sunny temperament make the Golden Retriever the quintessential dog for many pet owners. Easy to train with a biddable nature, Goldens are typically happy with just about any activity their owners choose – from agility and rally to therapy or obedience. The one exception may be watch or guard dog training; few Goldens can be convinced the world isn’t all fun and games.
Goldens enjoy interaction of almost any kind – from socializing at the local dog park to family walks or backyard romps. Although gentle and typically good with children, Goldens aren’t meant to sit around; they thrive on exercise such as swimming or ball-chasing.