Where Are Golden Retrievers From?
The Golden Retriever dates back to the early 1800s, when they developed a reputation as a premier hunting dog in Scotland. It is said that in 1865, Lord Tweedmouth made a plan to breed the ideal gun dog on his Scottish estate. He initially bred a yellow Wavy-coated Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel, taking the best bitch from the litter and first crossing her with a Red Setter and then with a Tweed Water Spaniel.
Offspring from both litters were bred back to the Wavy-coated Retriever, followed by mating of the golden-colored pups to produce the foundation of the Golden Retriever. The breed was originally called the Flat-coated Retriever, then renamed Golden in 1903, before ultimately being dubbed the Golden Retriever in 1911. Golden Retrievers were introduced in America at the end of the 19th Century, but were not registered into the American Kennel Club until 1932.