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Where did Golden Retrievers come from?

Did you know that golden retrievers can trace their lineage back to a single "yellow" puppy from a litter of otherwise all black Wavy-Coated Retrievers born in 1864?

Nous, father of modern day golden retrievers

"Nous" was the name of that lucky yellow dog. Nous would go on to breed with Tweed Water Spaniels in Scotland and produce a number of yellow puppies. Those yellow puppies coupled with wavy and flat-coated retrievers, as well as a red setter, would all play a part in creating the golden retriever breed we know today.

Golden retrievers first appeared in dog shows in 1906, but weren't officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club until 1932.

Want to learn more about the origins of our breed? Visit the Golden Retriever Club of America's Brief History of the Golden Retriever.

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