Did you know?
Charlie, a Golden Retriever from Australia, holds the Guinness World Record for loudest bark at 113.1 decibels.
(and a chainsaw comes in at 110 decibels!)
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace. – Milan Kundera
The Golden Retriever was developed in the mid-1800s by a Scotsman, Lord Tweedmouth. Among the Scottish elite, wildfowl hunting was a popular pastime but dogs used to retrieve the downed animals were not able to negotiate both water and land. As the landscape of that time was dotted with marshy ponds and rivers, it was necessary to have a retriever who could cope with both.
The best of the water spaniels were crossed with the existing retrievers, and through selective breeding of retrievers, spaniels, setters, and the bloodhound, the breed was stabilized as a superb gun dog with a soft mouth capable of retrieving ducks and upland game birds without damaging them. These new dogs, the first Golden Retrievers, appeared at “Guisachan”, the highland estate of Lord Tweedmouth.
Goldens were first accepted for registration by The Kennel Club of England in 1903 as Flat-Coats, Golden. Later, they became retrievers reflecting their abilities to retrieve game.
Photos displayed courtesy of David and Susan Eby, Moonstone Reg’d, Ontario
Considered the most beautiful of the retriever family, this Golden boy (or girl) is known for his gentle expression, soft eyes, and flowing coat. His loving and stable temperament lands him as number three of the top ten most popular breeds in Canada. His native smarts puts him fourth on the list in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs.
The Golden stands up to 24 inches (61 cm) at the shoulder, and has a dense, water-repellent coat with feathering on the legs and tail. The coat comes in all shades of gold from nearly white to very dark caramel and may be flat or wavy.
This dog is affectionate, loyal, and good natured. As a happy, outgoing, and eager puppy, he can be quite a handful! A superb family pet, the Golden is alert, responsive, playful, and self-confident. He is gentle with children and has a high tolerance for their endless attentions.
He generally gets along very well with all people and other animals. Accordingly, he does not make a good watchdog as he will generally bark only if startled.
As a devoted family member, and one who thrives on attention, the Golden is not happy when left alone for long periods. He requires a lot of attention and love from his owners.
These dogs are extremely active and have a high energy level.
They need lots of exercise and are particularly fond of swimming. This is a breed that will retrieve sticks from the water all day long! As highly intelligent animals, they do very well in obedience trials, and will always enjoy the action in agility classes.
Originally kept and bred as gundogs, today these dogs continue to work in the field and as guide dogs and service dogs to physically challenged people. Their patience makes them ideal for assistance dogs, and their gentleness makes them a favourite as a therapy dog.
Their strong bond with people and extreme willingness to learn make Golden Retrievers the most successful guide dogs of any other breed.
Golden Retriever Club of BC
Golden Retriever Club of Alberta
Golden Retriever Club of Manitoba
Golden Retriever Club of Greater Toronto
The Ottawa Valley Golden Retriever Club
Maritime Golden Retriever Club
Golden Retriever Club of Newfoundland
National Retriever Club of Canada (field trials)
Vancouver Island Retriever Club
Mountain Valley Retriever Training Club
Regina Retriever Club
Saskatoon Retriever Club
Manitoba Gun Dog Association Vancouver Island Retriever Club
Retrievers ONLINE Magazine (field trials/hunting)
theRetriever News (field trials)