It wasn't until I was reading through a magazine I had picked up from the Loch Norman Highland Games that I discovered how Golden Retrievers originated. They were developed at Guisachan near Glen Affric on the highland estate of Sir Dudley Marjoribanks.
His breeding records from 1835 to 1890 were finally published in 1952, revealing that he crossed the yellow-coloured Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel. Golden Retrievers were originally developed to retrieve waterfowl shot from the air by hunters as well as other land game. They were bred to have a soft mouth so they wouldn't damage the game while retrieving it and to have a love of water.
Because of their intelligence and flexibility, many people use them in such roles as illegal drug detection, search and rescue, hunting dogs, and guide dogs for people with disabilities. Golden Retrievers are known to be friendly, eager-to-please and to possess a patient demeanor. Everything about them makes them great for family dogs.
The photo above is of our Golden Retriever, Kada, with my daughter and my husband. Kada is four years old and a delight to our family.