Golden Retrievers are one of America’s favorite dog breeds. That’s a fact. They have been consistent in the list American Kennel Club’s most popular purebred dog in America for years now. Today, we want to share with you a random list of facts about golden retrievers that will make you love them even more. Are you ready? Here they are:
Golden Retrievers Were First Developed in the mid-1800s
Specifically in Scotland. Golden retrievers were developed by crossing a retriever with a Water Spaniel, and then later on mixing the offspring with the Irish Setter, the Bloodhound, the St. John’s Water Dog, and more Retrievers. Wew! That’s a lot! But the efforts eventually paid off because we now have this adorable dog breed that everyone loves.
Golden Retrievers were Originally Used to Hunt Wildfowl
Hunting wildfowl required having a hunting dog that can traverse both in land and water, making the Golden Retriever the perfect choice because of its built and love for water.
Golden Retrievers can run fast and they are also good swimmers.
There’s a Golden Retriever in Australia Acting As a Foster Mom for a KANGAROO
Dusty, the kangaroo, was rescued by the Stewart family after being found on the side of the road. Two years later, Dusty now believes that he is one of the family’s dog. And not just that, he also thinks that his Lilly (the Golden Retriever) is his mom.
According to the Stewarts, “He’s always grooming her, they’re always together, and if Lilly goes out of the yard, he pines for her and sort of hops up and down the fence until he’s let out to go with her.”
Golden Retrievers With Guinness World Record
The Guinness World Record for the loudest bark is held by a Golden Retriever from Australia named Charlie. He barks at 113.1 decibels.
Another Goldie holding a World Record is Augie who has the record for “Most Tennis Balls Held In The Mouth By A Dog”. Augie can fit 5 regulation-sized balls in his mouth. As of 2017, Augie is still undefeated.
Golden Retrievers Were First Called Golden Flat-Coat
Before they became known as Golden Retrievers or Goldies, they were first called as the Golden Flat Coat and were often considered as a variation of the flat-coated retrievers. It was only in 1913 that the breed was recognized and bestowed with their very own identity.
And there you have it! All the fun and interesting things that you should know about Golden Retrievers.