The Golden Retriever may rank third on the American Kennel Club’s annual list of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, but these devoted dogs hold the first place in the heart of anyone who has ever taken a Golden in their heart and home. Golden Retrievers are so popular that they have their own pet vacation –National Golden Retriever Day–That takes place on 3 February!
To celebrate National Golden Retriever Day, we’ve put together a few interesting facts!
Golden Retriever Trivia
- Golden Retrievers were from Scotland In the middle of the 19th century!
- If you’re a golden retriever pet, check your tail-wagging buddy ‘s toes and you will find it does networked! This feature is useful when you are in the water.
- Golden Retriever coats come in three Colours officially recognized by the American Kennel Club: light gold, gold, and dark gold.
- Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever are considered to be the breeds most selected for a’s vital work Service dog.
- Golden Retrievers are among the majority intelligent Tail wagging only lagging behind the border collie, poodle, and German shepherd.
- A golden one with a heart of gold Brittany was among the dogs that searched amid the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11 and helped after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ivan. Today, dog lovers can visit a statue of her resemblance placed within sight of the Cypress, Texas Volunteer Fire Department, where she worked alongside her dog handler.
- freedom (full name Honor’s Foxfire Liberty Hume) joined the family of President Gerald Ford in the White House in 1974. Dog lovers who sent fan mail to First Fido received a photo of Liberty with a “pawtograph” made from a stamp made from their own paw print.
- A golden retriever named Finley Molloy won a Guinness Book of Records title for having the most tennis balls in his mouth at one time … six!
- One of the original fur skins, Ricochet– a golden retriever who often surfs with people with special needs – made history when she and 16 other waggers who like to hang out ten (or eighteen in her case!) stood together on a surfboard to get one of the Most Surfing Dogs On to earn one surfboard at a time in the Guinness Book of Records.
- The cast of Full House has helped dogs in need of an forever home and teamed up again to sing the tune. “I have to love a golden one“! The song’s music video was written by the golden-centered television series Full House and Fuller House creator Jeff Franklin, and features dog cameos of his own two barking friends. The proceeds from “Gotta Love a Golden” went to PetSmart Charities.
High profile pet parents of Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers have always been popular with Arazzi sets! Here are just a few of the many famous faces who have made a golden retriever a member of their family over the years:
- Chris Colfer – Golden Retriever lovers sang the praises of the former glee star when he heard the good news that he had adopted Cooper from Golden Retriever Rescue in Southern California.
- Daniel Henney Rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm by Humane Society International, Juliette traveled to the United States to find a forever parent in Criminal Minds star Daniel Henney.
- Miranda Lambert – Miranda Lambert’s fur baby, named after legendary country pop singer Waylon Jennings, was rescued from the roadside by his famous pet parent in 2008, a year before the platinum singer and her mother co-founded the rescue organization MuttNation. When Waylon crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2020, the country star planted a tree in his honor.
- Lisa Vanderpump – Reality personalities / Vanderpump Dog Foundation co-founders include Goldens Rumpy Pumpy and Avery.
- Betty White – The entertainment legend’s four-paw friend Pontiac played along with his high-profile human in a PSA to raise awareness of the Morris Animal Foundation’s efforts to end dog cancer:
Golden Retriever on the canvas
- Dude – Buddy, a former stray who rose to fame as a barking basketball player, brought his antics to the big screen in the 1997 movie Air Bud.
- Enzo – A golden retriever named Parker portrayed the puppy dog protagonist in his heyday in the cinematic adaptation of the bestselling novel The Art of Running in the Rain, while Senior Butler took on the role of Enzo’s golden years. (Oscar winner Kevin Costner provided Enzo’s internal voice.) In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Milo Ventimiglia, who appeared in the film as the dog’s pet parent, described two-year-old Parker as “the most zen soul I’ve ever been had ever seen in my life ”while the nine year old butler was“ like a teenager ”.
- Harvey – A Golden Retriever played Elliott’s four-paw buddy in ET: The Extra-Terrestrial.
- shadow– It took the voice of Hollywood star Don Ameche and four Golden Retrievers to bring the character of Shadow in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey to life.
Golden Retriever on TV
- Brandon – Brandon was portrayed by a golden retriever named Sandy and was Punky’s sidekick on NBC’s 80s sitcom Punky Brewster.
- comet – Comet responded to the same name as his small screen character and switched from a home with no home to a role in Full House after his adoption by Golden Retriever Rescue!
- Cosmo – Golden Retriever Cosmo, who replied to the same name as his character when Full House Fuller House rebooted, portrayed the great-grandson of the Tanner family’s beloved barking pal, Comet.
- Jess – A golden retriever named George brought the character of veterinarian Sigfried Farnon to the small screen in the latest TV adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small.
- pretzel – Levi and Trip star as the guide dog in the CW series In the Dark.
- Shelby – Before he was known as Superman, Clark Kent was a super friend of a Golden Retriever named Shelby. The four-pawed Smallville star was portrayed by Bud, who appeared on 17 episodes of the CW series.
- Fast – Ajax laughed a lot during his stint on sitcom The Drew Carey Show.