About Clever Retrievers
The first Golden Retriever were bred at the home of Sir Dudley Majoribanks. He later became known as Lord Tweedmouth. He served in the British House of Commons from 1880 to 1894, and then was a member of the House of Lords until his death in 1909. He owned a large estate near Inverness, Scotland, and also a ranch near Wellington, Texas. He had a real passion for hunting and developed the breed as a sporting dog.
At his estate in Scotland, which served as his primary home, he bred a wavy-coat Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel. The first liter contained four puppies who were extremely light cream in color. These four puppies became pets of Lord Tweedmouth’s children. They were bred with an Irish Setter and also Bloodhounds, to deepen the color to the present color of the Golden Retriever. Lord Tweedmouth kept the yellow puppies, and an occasional black puppy, giving the other puppies forever homes with friends, where most were used as sporting dogs.
These types of dogs was first recognized in Great Britain in 1908 and was known as the wavy or flat coated retriever. It was not given separate breed status until 1913. In 1920, the name was changed to Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925. The first Golden Retriever to become a breed champion in Canada Speedwell Pluto who went on to produce four American champions. In 1932, Rockhaven Moonshine became the first breed champion in the United States.
They are extremely devoted companions and are still prized as excellent hunting dogs. His water-resistant coat is especially prized for bird hunters.
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