5 Things You Didn’t Know About Golden Retrievers
They’re friendly, smart, and glossy; we know them from Homeward Bound, You’ve Got Mail,
1. Goldens hale from Scotland
These dogs were initially bred near Glen Affric in Scotland in the mid-19th century. Breeders crossed water spaniels with existing retrievers to create a breed that could perform best in wildfowl hunting. The Scottish elite needed dogs that could retrieve game from land and water, given the marshy hunting grounds.
2. There are actually three types of Goldens
Due to their widespread popularity, some regional distinctions have arisen in the breed. There are British, American, and Canadian Goldens. British Goldens are more muscular in the forequarters than the other types, generally with lighter coats and rounder eyes. American Goldens tend to be lankier and a darker lustrous gold in shade. Canadian Goldens have thinner coats and stand taller than the other types.
3. They have baby soft mouths
Given their origins, it makes sense that a Golden Retriever can carry a raw egg in its mouth without breaking it. A soft mouth is important in a dog tasked with retrieving its master’s hunting trophies. Game full of bite marks is damaged goods.
4. They can search and rescue with the best of ‘em
Goldens have excellent sniffers, but this alone doesn’t qualify them as top-notch search and rescue dogs. Their hunting skills and killer instincts add to their qualifications, but what puts them over the edge is their obedience, energy, and above all, a deep need to please their owners. Goldens can be invaluable when it comes to mass casualty events, natural disasters, wilderness tracking, and locating missing people.
5. They’re all about the pack
Golden Retrievers are known to be wonderful family pets — this is because they’re very pack-oriented. Bred throughout the years to be companions, eager to please in any service or friendship capacity, they’re extremely