The Golden Retriever was bred by Lord Tweedmouth of the Scotch Highlands from the Flat-Coated Retriever and the Tweed Water Spaniel. Bloodhound and Irish Setter genes were further added along the way to create the Golden Flat Coat, known today as the Golden Retriever.
222 golden retrievers frolic in a field in Scotland
222 golden retrievers frolic in a field in Scotland. The golden retriever and its history were feted by 222 goldens and their masters who gathered from around the globe for a celebration in the breed's ancestral Scottish Highlands home in July. According to PBS Newshour, the breed was born 1868 with genes from a yellow wavy-coated retriever and a now extinct tweed water-spaniel.