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The Golden Retriever breed was developed in Scotland in the late 1800s to assist hunters in retrieving downed waterfowl.  As time passed, the breed split into American and European versions, with the European-based bloodlines having luxurious cream-colored coats with larger, blockier heads and larger bone structures which set them apart from their more ordinary cousins.  The European-bred Golden is also smarter, more loyal, more fun-loving and gentler than the American Golden, in my opinion, after having raised both. 


Golden Retrievers were fully recognized by The Kennel Club (Britain) in 1911 and the American Kennel Club in 1932.

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