Golden Retrievers - Primarily a Hunting Dog
By Katherine Emge
Today’s Golden Retrievers trace their origins back to the 1860’s and Inverness-shire, Scotland. It was there at Guisachan that Sir Dudley Marjoribanks (later Lord Tweedmouth) began the development of a yellow retriever that would someday be known as the Golden Retriever. With the goal of producing a gentleman’s gundog that possessed a strong work ethic and a biddable temperament, the Golden developed into the well-rounded companion we now enjoy. Goldens naturally have a keen nose and remarkable retrieving skills. That instinct paired with a calm, thoughtful demeanor, and willingness to please make them an excellent hunting companion. Golden Retrievers excel in both upland game and waterfowl hunting.
Golden Retriever owners enjoy a wide range of field activities with their dogs - from seasonal hunting to participation in organized events like hunt tests and field trials. The GRCA also sponsors field working certificate tests throughout the year.
Further information/resources on Goldens in the field can be found here:
GRCA WC WCX Events
AKC Hunt Tests
Junior Hunt Tests
Senior Hunt Tests
AKC Field Trials