Golden Retrievers always rank high among the most popular breeds in the United States. These loyal, sociable dogs are excellent with children and families, and excel at obedience training and therapy work. Developed in the 1860s to be swimmers & retrievers, these pups love doing both of those things! Goldens are fairly large in size and have a medium-high energy level. They are known as loveable, confident and eager to please companions and do well in many environments, from apartments to larger living spaces.
Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan both had Golden Retrievers as pets while serving in the White House.
The Golden Retriever was developed in nineteenth-century Scotland by Lord Tweedmouth, a gentleman who aimed to breed a dog that was agile and talented on the field, while loyal and affectionate at home.