Their beautiful golden coats, intelligence, and enthusiasm for pleasing their masters has resulted in the immense popularity of this breed. Not only can they perform their original duty as a hunting companion, but their versatile working ability has also makes them ideal for guiding the blind, therapy, assistance, search and rescue, and myriad other canine occupations and activities. The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland in the late 1800s by Lord Tweedmouth. He wanted to create a retriever that was especially suited for the Scottish terrain and climate and able to hunt the available game. The means to his end was accomplished through crossings of local spaniels and retrievers as well as Bloodhounds and Irish Setters. Golden Retrievers are a fun-loving and energetic breed that is very adaptable as long as they get the activity and attention they crave. Their gorgeous light to dark golden double coats are water resistant and they shed seasonally. Regular brushing is required to keep them lustrous and tangle free.