The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland and England in the late 19th century for the purpose of retrieving wildfowl on land and water. Its physical characteristics and its willing, adaptable, trainable nature have also made it suitable for many other endeavours. Golden Retrievers have excelled in all fields of canine competition - showing, obedience, retrieving, agility, endurance, tracking - it is a very versatile and cheerful dog that enjoys participating in many activities and events. They have also been used as aids in a variety of activities such as drug and bomb detection and for therapeutic interaction for the blind, deaf and aged.
What are you looking for in a Golden Retriever? A good family pet? A show dog? A hunting dog? Obedience worker? There are Golden Retrievers that fit each description, and some that fit all of these descriptions. The versatility and gentle temperament of the Golden Retriever has made it one of the most popular breeds in Australia. A drawback of this popularity has seen the rise of unethical breeders who do not have the best interests of the breed at heart. Poor quality puppies are produced by people who breed their pets just to have a litter, or by profit seekers who give little thought to quality, looks or temperament in the puppies they produce. Many of these indiscriminately-bred puppies have health problems, poor temperaments, and/or breed disqualifications. Remember, you are choosing a companion for the next ten to fifteen years so take your time to find a registered breeder who cares about selling you a healthy and happy puppy.