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Golden Retriever Dog Breed Resources

The Golden Retriever is a popular breed of dog, originally developed to retrieve downed fowl during hunting. It is one of the most common family dogs as it is easy to handle, very tolerant, and normally very happy and friendly. It is a low-maintenance dog and thrives on attention, regular exercise, a balanced diet, and regular veterinary check-ups. Golden Retrievers are usually compatible with all people and other dogs. They typically bark when startled, but generally their friendly nature makes them poor watchdogs. Golden Retrievers are particularly valued for their high level of sociability towards people and willingness to learn. Because of this, they are commonly used as Guide dogs and Search and Rescue dogs.

Golden Retriever at Dog Breed Information Center®
Golden Retriever information from the Dog Breed Information Center®

The Golden Retriever Club of America
Parent US breed club. Announcements, event calendar, public education, local organizations, health issues, store, puppy referrals, and rescues.

American Kennel Club - Golden Retriever
Facts and information from the American Kennel Club, Inc

GRREAT - Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training
GRREAT is a non-profit. all volunteer staffed organization dedicated to the rescue, foster care, and placement of Golden Retrievers.  Active in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas. Their primary goal is to find qualified new homes for unwanted, stray or abandoned Golden Retrievers and place approximately 300 Golden Retrievers each year through our foster care program. 

NORCAL Golden Retriever Rescue of Northern California
NGRR is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, which rescues and places adoptable golden retrievers in Northern California from Fresno to the Oregon border.

Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR) is a volunteer non-profit group that rescues unwanted Golden Retrievers and places them for adoption. They operate in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey and have successfully placed over 1600 Golden Retrievers into new homes since 1993. 

Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida
Rescuing Golden Retrievers in Florida -Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Ocala, Venice, Sarasota, Orlando and surrounding areas.

Golden Retriever Breed Council
Represents the interests of the Golden Retriever and the thirteen Golden Retriever Clubs in Great Britain.

The Golden Retriever Webring
Created 1997 and is designed to link Golden Retriever lovers world wide. There are currently over 400 sites in the ring. 

Golden Retrievers: Rescue a Golden of Arizona
RAGofAZ rescues Golden Retrievers in need and finds new, permanent homes for them.

The Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas
All volunteer organization dedicated to the  rescue, care for, and place in permanent loving homes, neglected or unwanted Golden Retrievers and to educate the general public about responsible pet ownership

Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary
A non-profit volunteer organization with the mission of securing safe, loving homes for displaced or homeless Golden Retrievers. Photos, adoption stories 

Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin
Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin, Inc. (GRRoW), is the oldest statewide, all volunteer, nonprofit organization, that helps place unwanted, abandoned or surrendered Golden Retrievers into loving, forever homes. 

Golden Retriever Weekly Magazine
Golden Retriever Weekly, the online magazine for the Golden Retriever Fancier! Pedigrees, and directories for dogs, owners, breeders and much more.

The Canadian Golden Retriever Adoption Service Inc.
The Canadian Golden Retriever Adoption Service Inc. is a volunteer-operated, not-for-profit charitable organization, dedicated to rescuing and re-homing displaced Golden Retrievers, and to educating the public in general about pet ownership.

Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies
Placement of these homeless dogs and education for the public about the breed.

News - Golden Retriever Gives Birth To Green Puppy
A dog breeder in Alhambra, Calif., is mystified after his golden retriever gave birth to a green puppy, according to a Local 6 News report.  The green puppy, named Wasabi, ... more

The Golden Retriever Club
Breed and show history, show events, Crufts news, obedience and working dog with articles, rescue and puppy information. United Kingdom.

Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue is based in Knoxville, Tennessee and works to rescue homeless Golden Retrievers.

Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc 
Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary-A volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, foster care, and placement of Golden Retrievers.

Dog Owner's Guide Profile: The Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever Club of America is jealous of the breed's health, 
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Vermont Golden Retriever Rescue
Vermont Golden Retriever Rescue, covering Vermont, New Hampshire, New England, New York.

Golden Retrievers in Need Rescue Service, Inc.
Finds foster homes for dogs. Includes information on adoption, fundraising and membership.

Arizona Golden Retriever Connection
AGRC focuses on adoption, educating the public on responsible ownership, and pet therapy. Pictures and descriptions of available dogs

Golden Retriever Puppy - Golden Retriever Breed Information
Learn about the Golden Retriever puppy breed in our Golden Retriever information guide. The Golden Retriever puppy guide reveals Golden Retriever puppy ...

Companion Golden Retriever Rescue of Utah
Companion Golden Retriever Rescue A 501(c)3 Non-profit organization dedicated to rescue and placement

Golden Retriever Pictures and Photos
Golden Retriever - puppies, photos, classified ads, for sale, gallery of dog breeds, dog breeders.


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Golden Retriever History

The Golden Retriever breed was originally developed in Scotland, at "Guisachan", near Glen Affric, the highland estate of Sir Dudley Majoribanks (pronounced "Marchbanks"), later Baron Tweedmouth. For many years, there was controversy over which breeds were originally crossed. In 1952, the publication of Majoribanks' breeding records from 1835 to 1890 dispelled the myth concerning the purchase of a whole troupe of Russian sheepdogs from a visiting circus.

The original cross was of a yellow-coloured dog, Nous, with a Tweed Water Spaniel female dog, Belle. The Tweed Water Spaniel is now extinct but was then common in the border country. Majoribanks had purchased Nous in 1865 from an unregistered litter of otherwise black wavy-coated retriever pups. In 1868, this cross produced a litter that included four bitch pups; these four became the basis of a breeding program which included the Red Setter, the sandy-coloured Bloodhound, the St. John's Water Dog of Newfoundland, the Springer Spaniel, and two more wavy-coated black Retrievers. The bloodline was also inbred and selected for trueness to Majoribanks' idea of the ultimate hunting dog. His vision included a more vigorous and powerful dog than previous retrievers, one that would still be gentle and trainable. Russian sheepdogs are not mentioned in these records, nor are any other working dog breeds. The ancestry of the Golden Retriever is all sporting dogs, in line with Majoribanks' goals.

Golden Retrievers were first accepted for registration by the The Kennel Club of England in 1903, as Flat Coats - Golden. They were first exhibited in 1908, and in 1911 were recognized as a breed described as Retriever (Golden and Yellow). In 1913, the Golden Retriever Club was founded. The breed name was officially changed to Golden Retriever in 1920.

The Honorable Archie Majoribanks took a Golden Retriever to Canada in 1881, and registered Lady with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1894. These are the first records of the breed in these two countries. The breed was first registered in Canada in 1927, and the Golden Retriever Club of Ontario, now the Golden Retriever Club of Canada, was formed in 1958. The AKC recognized the breed in 1932, and in 1938 the Golden Retriever Club of America was formed.
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