Golden retrievers were developed after a long line of breeding from the Newfoundland, Irish setter, and Tweed water spaniels during the 19th century. The ultimate goal of their original breeders is to develop a hunting dog that’s big enough and have the endurance to hunt and retrieve plenty of game birds at a given time. It was a success because this breed is an excellent bird dog that excels in both water and land retrieval.
As years went by, the Golden Retriever also became popular with British Nobility. Aside from being an excellent hunting dog, they’re also the perfect companion. It has a habit of pleasing its owner, but it can also do a great job of being a search and rescue dog.
Personality and Temperament
Golden Retrievers make a perfect family companion. They are very obedient, playful, loyal, intelligent, well-mannered, great with kids and even to strangers (as long as they don’t sense danger). Furthermore, they’re also great watchdogs, but you can’t expect much from them if you want a guard dog.
Like what has been mentioned earlier, they’re kind to strangers they love humans too much, that it’s difficult to train them as guard dog.
Though, when it comes to other aspects, such as obedience training, they’re always on top of their classes and the champions of sporting competition. They get used by hunters because they are reliable bird dogs that have a strong sense of smell and could easily work alongside with humans. That’s why they’re also used as narcotics and other border patrol dogs.