When it comes to big, furry, friendly dogs, the golden retriever breed is a popular choice among pet owners. They are great family pets as they adapt well to different environments, and are very easy to train.
Golden retrievers, as their name indicates, are naturally good at retrieving or hunting or tracking game. They also have advanced levels of agility and obedience, making them good in sports and other athletic activities.
Golden retrievers make very good pets, which is why it is no wonder that a lot of them showed up with their owners in the recent celebration made for the breed’s anniversary.
Every July, dogs of the golden retriever breed come to the Guisachan Estate in Scotland – which is the home wherein the breed was made – to celebrate the anniversary of the breed’s discovery. 2018 was their 150th anniversary and was sponsored by the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland.
During the month of July in the year 1868, Dudley Majoribanks, who also goes by the name Lord Tweedmouth, experimented and crossed-bred a wavy-coated retriever and a Tweed water spaniel. Lord Tweedmouth was apparently looking for a dog who can last in the water longer in order to catch waterfowls.
Thus came the first litter of puppies to be named Golden Retrievers.
From Lord Tweedmouth’s experiment, three puppies were born. He kept two yellow, female retrievers and gave the male one to Edward Majoribanks, his son.
Now, 150 years after the creation of their breed, 361 golden retrievers gathered in Guisachan Estate to celebrate their breed’s legacy. One of the event’s attendees, Ashleigh Baird, said that it was such a joy to see golden retrievers from around the globe gather in the most historic place in their dog lives.
The first attempt at this gathering happened in 2006, where only 188 golden retrievers attended.
Imagine being in a wide field just petting the golden retrievers! It would have to be one of the best days of one’s life.
All photos and videos courtesy of @golden_chewbacca on Instagram.