The Awesome Stuff About Golden Retrievers
Golden Retriever owners know what it's like to own a Golden Retriever, they are teddy bear cuddly, have smiley faces that are bound to brighten up your bad day, good with babies, and easily trainable. But apart from those experiences, what else do the owners know about them? Here are 10 fun facts that you might want to know about Golden Retrievers.
Fun Fact #1: Their Origin
Once upon a time in Scotland, far, far away, a Scottish businessman/liberal politician went by the name of Dudley Marjoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth of Guisachan, was responsible for developing Golden Retrievers by breeding a yellow Flat Coated Retriever with a now extinct Tweedwater Spaniel in order to gain hunting companions. For many years, what breeds that were originally crossed was long debated. As a result, this issue precipitated myths like the Golden Retrievers were the product of a Russian Sheepdogs pack in a circus. However, the myth was dispelled in 1952 after the publication of Marjoribanks' breeding records from 1835 (The earliest breeding record of Golden Retrievers) to 1890.
Fun Fact #2: Therapy Dog
Golden Retrievers make good therapy dogs. That's one of the main reasons why they are often used as service dogs. Their eagerness to please and friendly characteristics make patients comfortable with their presence as they tend to offer hugs or put their heads on the patients' laps. They are also experts at working a crowd given their outgoing personality. For example, in the aftermath of this year's Las Vegas shootings in October, Golden Retrievers were used as comfort dogs to console the victims/survivors and heal the grieving community.
Fun Fact #3: 4th Smartest Dog
Apparently, Golden Retrievers are the 4th smartest dog in the world trailing behind Border Collie, Poodle and German Shepherd. Apart from their good looks and friendly nature, they are also intelligent which explains their ability to be service dogs.
Fun Fact #4: They are TV Stars
The fact that Golden Retrievers are easy to train, they are often used in movies such as Air Bud, Homeward Bound and Full House. In Homeward Bound tells a true story of a real life Golden Retriever named Murphy who was lost for two years in Tahoe National Forest, California, after a camping trip. Thankfully, he was reunited with his family after the ordeal.
Fun Fact #5: Celebrities' Choice
Being the 3rd most popular breed in America, it's unsurprising that they are also popular among Hollywood celebrities. Big names like Oprah Winfrey, Nick Jonas, Emma Stone, Adam Levine and Miranda Lambert own golden retrievers and proudly display their pictures on social media.
Fun Fact #6: They are friendly... Too friendly
Golden Retrievers are friendly, but unfortunately, their over-friendliness can be taken advantage of. If you own one, don't expect them to be a guard dog. Although they might bark at burglars/intruders but once physical contact is made, they might befriend them instead of biting them.
Fun Fact #7: Prone to Separation Anxiety and Depression
You might be thinking, Golden Retrievers are known as happy dogs, well, you aren't wrong, but if they are left alone for more than 7 hours, they will be susceptible to separation anxiety and depression. Hence, it's best to not keep them in a kennel if you're away for holidays. Bring them along or let somebody else dog-sit them.
Fun Fact #8: Sporting Breed
For those who don't own this breed, you should know they are extremely sporting. They like doing sporting activities such as walking/running, fetching (Hence, the name " Retriever") hunting, hiking, agility training and treadmill exercising. They are also known for being keen swimmers. They instinctively love to swim and are always up for a fetching game in a lake.
Fun Fact #9: Victim of Overweight
Golden Retrievers love to eat, but they have tendency to overeat. As a result, they tend to fall victim to overweight. This is the part where pet owners need to be more wary of food amount poured into their bowls and feed them in regular intervals. There are a couple of ways to sense if your Golden Retriever is overweight, first would be able to see their waist. Second would be able to feel their ribs without pressing too hard.
10. Guinness World Record Breakers
Last but not least, this breed has Guinness World Record representatives.
Meet Charlie, breaking the Guinness World Record for the loudest back at 113.1 decibels ( FYI, a chainsaw produces 110 decibels ). Another Guinness Record holder would be Augie who holds the title for holding the most tennis balls in the mouth with five.