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The proud history of the Golden retriever’s breed can be traced back up to the mid 19th century. It was originally bred in Scotland. The main purpose of having this bread is to jive with the country’s main sport, wildfowl hunting. Since targets were unidentifiable landing on water and land, they needed a dog that could swim on greater lengths in order to retrieve their prizes. The breed came across by mixing and matching of the 1st Baron Tweedmouth.

In today’s celebration of the Golden retriever breed discovery, 361 dogs of the same breed have joined in for its commemoration. It took place on Guisachan estate in Tomich, Scotland. To date, 361 reportedly attended the celebration.

In comparison to the previous 2006 gathering in which 188 dogs attended, organizers would say the turn out is a huge success.

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The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland organized the event and it is only fitting that they located it on the breed’s ancestral home.

In an interview, an attendee Ashleigh Baird, said: “It was a fantastic day, lovely to see all the Goldens playing and having fun together.” Additionally, she said, “We tried to pet and cuddle all 361 goldens and it was heaven.”

Golden retrievers are known for their energetic and happy nature. They are considered to belong to the dog group, “sporting dogs.” Furthermore, they are known to be highly smart, even-tempered and loyal.

If planning to adopt one, make sure that your family gets accustomed to its needs of daily exercise. Since they are very smart dogs, training them is an ease. Make sure to start them young as they can get stubborn when not disciplined early on.

If you own a small apartment, you should consider moving to a larger place as this breed will play around when it has the opportunity to. They’ll skip and run around when they feel like it.

When you’re first starting out, you can give a Golden retriever a chance. This breed is relatively easy to handle for first-time or novice owners. They are extremely social dogs. They like cuddles, warm hugs and attention from family members and they’re great in handling kids.

Grooming is not much of an issue as they don’t shed that much. Daily brushing and bathing are ideal for hygienic and cleanliness purposes.

Watch out for signs of overeating however.  They are prone to eating treats and scrap’s from human’s tables.  If eating habits are unmonitored they can gain weight and be exposed to various health risks associated with obesity.

Goldens have a fairly long life to live. They can exist to a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. Growing from 55 to 75 pounds for an adult golden retriever. Many people from around the world are really happy owners of this breed of dog as they provide comfort, love and companionship.

Because of their active nature, this breed is prone to hip dysplasia. A condition where the thigh bone doesn’t snuggly fit to the hip bone. This is a hereditary condition. As time passes by, this condition can lead to arthritis.

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