National Golden Retriever Day 2024

3 min read
Dec 17, 2023

National Golden Retriever Day is February 3rd! Read on to learn five fun facts you might not know about the beloved golden retriever!

The Breed Originated in Scotland

The golden retriever breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth, who lived in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s.1

The first time a golden retriever was shown at a dog show was in 1908 in Britain. Goldens later started arriving in America in the early 20th century. This breed became more popular in the U.S. during the 1970s, when President Gerald Ford was in office with his dog Liberty by his side.1

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Not All Goldens Are Alike

Did you know there are several different types of golden retrievers? There are three main varieties of this dog breed: the Canadian golden retriever, the British (or English) golden retriever, and the American golden retriever.

Golden retrievers also come in a wide range of hues. You’ll find goldens that are so pale they look almost white, goldens that are a deep, burnished auburn color, and every shade in between. There are even black-furred golden retrievers. Golden retrievers also have a double coat — a thicker undercoat and an additional top coat, which helps them stay warm in the water.

They Are Hollywood Stars

You’ve probably noticed that golden retrievers frequently show up on the silver screen. Air Bud, Homeward Bound, and Full House are just a few of the popular movies and TV shows that feature a golden as man’s best friend.

They Have Webbed Toes

Remember, golden retrievers were bred as hunting dogs. Part of their job was retrieving birds from the water. This is why goldens are commonly known to be strong swimmers.

Golden retrievers actually have webbed feet that help them swim, acting almost like flippers. The “toes” on their paws are connected by thin webs of skin. This helps goldens move through the water easily and efficiently.

Goldens Are Prone to Some Health Issues

Golden retrievers are known for their high energy and sunny disposition, but they can also be susceptible to certain health issues. A few of the most common conditions for goldens include:

Knowing what health issues golden retrievers are prone to can help inform your decisions about their diet and healthcare. One way to potentially help you stay on top of any health issues that can arise is to consider purchasing a dog insurance policy for your golden. Buying pet insurance when your pup is healthy can help prevent pre-existing conditions from being excluded from coverage down the line, which can ultimately help you be ready for any issues that arise later in life. Learn more about how MetLife Pet Insurance can help protect your golden retriever (and your wallet!), or get started today with a free quote.

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1 “Golden Retrievers,” American Kennel Club

2 “Hypothyroidism,” Golden Retriever Club of America

3 “Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines in Dogs,” Merck Veterinary Manual, 2022

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