Golden retrievers are one of the most famous dog breeds in the world, and it's not hard to see why. Here are 10 golden retriever facts that will only make you love them more.
1. Golden Retrievers Are a Noble Breed
The breed came into existence in the 19th century mainly due to the efforts of Lord Tweedmouth. They were first bred in Scotland from flat coated retrievers and water spaniels.
2. Golden Retrievers are Natural Swimmers
By instinct, golden retrievers are large water lovers. In fact, their outer coats are water repellent. This proved beneficial for hunting in environments where there were wetlands and rivers in addition to forests. Even to this day, goldens take like a fish to water.
3. There Are Three Types of Goldens
There are British, American, and Canadian types. Most of the differences lie on the physical attributes, but there is some variation in temperament as well.
4. Two American Presidents Had Golden Retrievers
Both President Ford and President Regan had golden retrievers as pets. President Gerald Ford's was named Liberty (full name Honor's Foxfire Liberty Hume), who even had a litter of puppies while she was at the White House.
5. Goldens are Internationally Popular Dogs
And not just in America, where they are the third most popular breed by registration. They rank fifth in Australia (probably because they can chill with kangaroos, am I right), and eighth in the United Kingdom. Not shabby at all, huh?
6. They are Guinness World Record Holders
There are at least two golden retrievers in the world who are known Guinness World Record holders. The first one is for the loudest bark (beating even a chainsaw at 113.1 decibels), and the other is for the most number of tennis balls held in a dog's mouth (five).