The Golden Retriever is one of the breeds created during the dog-loving Victorian era and a favourite among pet lovers for their loyal, lovable, and sweet nature. In fact, these dogs have become so popular that a special celebration was held at the historic Guisachan Estate in Scotland, where the first golden retriever was bred in 1868 by Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth.
Existing breeds were unsuitable for retrieving downed game from both water and land Lord Tweedmouth crossed a yellow-coated retriever with a Tweed water spaniel.
The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland hosted the official ‘Guisachan Gathering’ on Jul. 19 with special dog guests from as far as Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
Believed to be the biggest ever gathering of the breed anywhere in the world, the week-long celebration included quizzes, tea, a torch-lit procession, and a gala dinner.
According to a report from the Daily Express, chairman of the club, Doreen McGugan, said: “The 150th has been a roaring success. We’ve gone up from 188 golden retrievers 10 years at the 2006 gathering to 222 in 2016 and now today we got 361. It’s appropriate we’ve beaten our record on the big anniversary.”