Breed Purpose

 Golden Retrievers - Primarily a Hunting Dog 

By Katherine Emge

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 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. 

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Try it!

 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. 

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