February 3 – A day to celebrate Golden Retrievers, the 3rd most popular breed
It is somewhat fitting that today is February 3 and the Golden Retriever is the 3rd most popular dog breed according to the American Kennel Club. In case you’re wondering, Labrador Retrievers top the list at #1 and German Shepherds are not far behind at #2.
The International Golden Retriever day is a mere 7 years old (1 year in dog years!) and was started after a young woman named Kristen realized there was not an official day to celebrate her favorite dog Quincy. There seemed to be a day celebrating everything else so she figured, why not! And just like that, the day was born. They have since turned the idea into much more than just a day building an entire website celebrating their love of the breed. Check it out at http://iheartgoldenretrievers.com/
Golden Retrievers play many roles in our culture given their kind temperament and high level of intelligence. They are one of the most common breeds of therapy dogs, and are a favorite of households with children given their forgiving nature. Here’s a few interesting facts you may not have known:
- They were first bred in scotland. Take that you scottish terriers!
- Some famous US presidents have had Golden Retrievers as pets. Namely Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.
- They are a favorite among police departments given their intelligence and keen sense of smell.
- Their coats are actually two-layers. The top wavy coat is water-resistant while the undercoat is soft and warm.