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Today we are continuing our blog series on Popular Dog Breeds with the Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever is the second most popular dog breed in Seattle making this breed a common sight in Seattle dog boarding facilities.
The origins of the Golden Retriever was a hotly debated issue in the 20th century. The dog breed first gained popularity in England during the 19th century as part of a conglomerate of “retriever” breeds. However, the breed’s unique “yellow golden” color (later simplified to “golden”) prompted a lot of speculation. Most dog breeders at the time agreed the origins of the Golden Retriever could be traced back to several crosses of setters, water spaniels, and other sporting breeds existing during the 19th century. The controlled crossbreeding helped give the Golden Retriever several of its popular characteristics as a strong swimmer, soft mouth, ability to retrieve, and high level of endurance. The original goal of these breeders was to create a dog breed smaller than the very large Newfoundland breed usually weighing between 110 to 176 lbs. The results of the breeding program yielded four distinct retriever breeds: the Curly Coat, the Wavy or Flat Coat, the Labrador, and the Golden Retriever.
The details of how the Golden Retriever got its golden coat remained secret by its English breeder Lord Tweedmouth or Sir Dudley Marjoribanks until 1952. The detailed kennel records of Lord Tweedmouth were made public in 1965 by his grandnephew the Earl of Ilchester. Ironically the origin of this famous dog breed started under the ownership of a cobbler that gave the dog to Lord Tweedmouth to settle a debt in 1865. This first Golden Retriever on record was part of a black Wavy Coat Retriever litter and named Nous, which translates to Wisdom. Nous was taken by Lord Tweedmouth to Scotland and crossbred with the Tweed Water Spaniel to magnify desirable characteristics of intelligence and retrieving. Golden Retrievers were officially recognized as a different breed from Wavy or Flat Coats in 1925 by the American Kennel Club.
Alright dog owners and dog sitters, make sure to come back for Part II of this blog post where we will cover the modern characteristics and jobs of the famous Golden Retriever, and what you can do to be the best dog sitter for this breed!