Here at Monday Monday Network, we love golden retrievers. Which is why I compiled a list of 23 facts about the breed. How many do you know? How many did you not know? Be sure to tell us in the comments below.
1. Golden Retrievers instinctively love to swim. They’re always up for a game of fetch in the lake.
2. Golden Retrievers are often used on search and rescue teams because of their keen sense of smell and tracking abilities.
3. Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth, developed the breed in Scotland during the late 19th century.
4. They are considered to be the 4th smartest dog breed (in line behind Border Collies, Poodles, and German Shepherds).
5. They’re the third most popular dog breed in America.
6. The AKC officially recognized Golden Retrievers as a breed in 1925.
7. Presidents Ford and Reagan both had Golden Retrievers as pets while in office.
8. They are known to take care of other animals, even cats.
9. Golden Retrievers are known to become sad and even depressed when left alone for long periods of time. Experts say they shouldn’t be left alone for more than seven hours.
10. They make great watch dogs, but not-so-great security dogs. They’ll bark loudly at strangers, but once they physically interact with a person, a Golden becomes friendlier.
11. Goldens are a popular choice to star in movies and television shows because they are easy to train.
12. You won’t have to worry about golden retrievers waking you up in the middle of the night. While they can make good watchdogs, golden retrievers are generally a quiet breed and bark occasionally.
13. Golden retrievers’ eagerness to please their owners make them well-loved companions.
14. Golden retrievers are known for their distinctive, lustrous fur coats, which come in all shades of gold. To keep their gorgeous coats in tip-top shape, regular grooming is recommended.
15. Golden retrievers can adapt to a variety of different living situations and climates. If given plenty of daily exercise, they can be as happy in an apartment as on a farm.
16. You can rely on golden retrievers to be on their best behavior no matter the situation. Of course, early and consistent training is essential to ensure they are properly socialized.
17. Hardworking and attentive, you can find golden retrievers used in a number of different settings. They are commonly used as guide dogs for the blind, as hunting dogs, and in search and rescue efforts.
18. Whether retrieving upland game or waterfowl, their heritage makes golden retrievers wonderful hunting companions.
19. A golden retriever’s strength makes him a highly sought-after working dog in a variety of fields. However, they love to eat, so it’s important to practice portion control during feeding.
20. Whether out for a jog or a hike, golden retrievers love to go outdoors. A fair amount of daily exercise is recommended for these athletic canines.
21. Golden retrievers are famous for being exceptionally kind and tolerant of children. They will diligently look after those they see as part of their pack.
22. Their high level of obedience makes golden retrievers a versatile breed. In fact, they were the first three dogs of any breed to be honored with the first AKC Obedience Champion Title in 1977.