A group of 361 Golden Retrievers gathered at their ancestral home in Tomich, Scotland last week to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the breed’s founding.
The “birthday party” took place at the Guisachan Estate, where the first litter of puppies were born. Organized by the Scottish Golden Retriever Club, the gathering had the largest turnout on record.
Doreen McGuan, chairman of the Scottish Golden Retriever Club, tells Metro, “The 150th has been a roaring success. We’ve gone up from 188 Golden Retrievers… at the 2006 gathering to 222 in 2016 and now today we got 361.”
According to BBC, the breed was created in the 1800s by landowner Dudley Marjoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth, at his Guisachan Estate.
Lord Tweedmouth wanted a dog who could swim long distances to fetch game. To achieve this level of athleticism, Lord Tweedmouth bred his dog Nous, a Retriever, with his other pup Belle, a Tweed Water Spaniel. And thus, the fetch-loving Golden Retriever was born.
According to the AKC, Golden retrievers are the third most popular dog breed in the US. The affinity that America has for this breed is truly no wonder, due to their trustworthy and eager-to-please personality.
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