The Day 361 Golden Retrievers Had a Huge Doggy Party

Who's a good boy? Probably all of them.

Sep 25, 2018

Earlier this year, over 350 golden retrievers gathered to celebrate the breed’s 150th anniversary. Organized by the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland, the event included a procession of 300 golden retrievers of all ages, sizes, and colors. The incredible turnout has broken records for the group’s annual event.
The gathering was held in Tomich, Scotland at the 19th-century estate of the Scottish aristocrat, Lord Tweedmouth. The location is said to be the very place where the breed was first born.
According to BBC News, Lord Tweedmouth himself bred the original golden retriever. Supposedly the Lord desired a dog that would be able to go hunting with him amid the local terrain, both rocky and wet. Unable to find a breed athletic enough to swim great distances to collect hunted fowl, the Lord took to creating a new pup.
The legend explains that Lord Tweedmouth crossed a wavy-coated retriever named Nous with a tweed-water spaniel named Belle in order to forge a breed that roamed comfortable both in land and water.
Today, golden retrievers are one of the most beloved breeds in the world. In fact, in the United States, they are the third most popular breed (after the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd). Golden retrievers are known to be loyal and obedient friends to both kids and the elderly. They are known throughout the world for their intelligence, friendliness, and playfulness.
Suffice it to say, the event was enjoyed by all, including many pet owners who came by just to celebrate and learn more about the history of the beloved breed.
Now that the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland has broken its record of good boy attendance, only time will tell what next year’s event will hold.
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