ABOUT THE BREED AND CLUB
History of the Breed
The breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth in the 19th century at his country estate in Guisachan, Scotland. Lord Tweedmouth bought a yellow retriever puppy from Obed Miles at Stanmer and called him “Nous”. In 1868 Nous was mated to “Belle”, she was a water spaniel. The litter of three yellow pups was the foundation of the golden retriever. Lord Tweedmouth kept a stud book with all the matings in and it can be viewed in England today.
Golden Retrievers were originally bred as gundogs to retrieve game. Today the golden retriever excel in many areas such as agility, obedience, guide and assistant dogs. Quick to learn and eager to please the golden retriever has become a popular pet and companion that is great with children and other dogs.
Facts to consider before getting a golden retriever.
Golden retrievers love water and can’t resist a mud puddle or swimming pool. So be prepared for muddy paw prints.
Golden retrievers have a double coat and will malt from time to time, therefore they need regular grooming.
Golden retrievers need training and exercise as they are active dogs. There are many training schools around and the club can advise you on one in your area.
Grooming and ring craft classes
Grooming and ring-craft classes will be held by Margaret McAra. Please contact her on 011 888 4316.
Date of next class TBA
Schedules can be viewed on www.kusa.co.za or www.dogworld.co.za
Books to read
The Ultimate Golden Retriever by Valerie Foss (can be ordered from Pets Publications 011 888 3866)
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See our listing in the Top Golden Retriever Sites