A Field Full of Gold

24 July 2018 | Becky White

Being in a field surrounded by hundreds of Golden Retrievers sounds a lot like a dream that any dog-lover might have. 

Well, believe it or not, this actually happened. Last Thursday, 361 enthusiastic Golden Retrievers trotted along to Guisachan House in Inverness with their owners. These incredibly cute canines gathered in celebration of the 150th anniversary of their first breeding – with the original litter of Golden Retrievers born on 19th July 1868.

A combination of the Retriever and Tweed Water Spaniel, the Golden Retriever was bred so that wildfowl could be retrieved from long distances by water. Talented swimmers, it’s not just cuteness and their warm fuzzy colouring that makes these dogs one of a kind.

The 19th century owner of Guisachan House, Dudley Marjoribanks, the 1st Baron Tweedmouth, is the man behind the breed – and we think he deserves a round of applause. Innumerable households have had the pleasure of a Golden Retriever over the years thanks to his eye for a marriage of well-suited genetic traits.

The event was organised by The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland, and was attended by the largest number of dogs ever – improving on its previous high of 222 retrievers in 2016. This increasingly popular event lasts for a whole 5 days, and is attended by keen owners from all over the world; with some travelling from as far afield as the USA and Australia.

I don’t know about you, but when I see one Golden Retriever my heart melts, let alone hundreds. I’d like to think that this event results in the birth of many more Golden pups – let’s face it, they are adorable to look at. Frankly, I can’t quite work out why anyone would want to go to a festival when – as an alternative – you can surround yourself with these big, friendly balls of fluff.