Apple pie, football, and golden retrievers? This golden dog is a popular addition to many American households. In fact, golden retrievers rank number 3 in the American Kennel Club’s popularity rankings. Not surprisingly, golden retriever puppies are often seen on many calendars, greeting cards, and posters as the ultimate symbol of canine cuteness.
As much as they are celebrated in the US, golden retrievers weren’t discovered there. In the mid-1800s, they were bred and raised by gamekeepers at an estate owned by Lord Tweedmouth (what a name!) in Scotland. It’s said that he crossed his “yellow retriever” Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct), an Irish setter, and a bloodhound. This new golden retriever was trained to hunt in the great outdoors.