13 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Golden Retrievers

They're much more than a cutesy-schmootsy little face.

1. Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks,also known as Lord Tweedmouth, developed the breed in Scotland during the late 19th century.

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2. The AKC officially recognized Golden Retrievers as a breed in 1925.

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3. They are considered to be the 4th smartest dog breed (behind border collies, poodles, and German shepherds).

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4. They're the third most popular dog breed in America.

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5. There are actually three types of golden retrievers (field/hunting Golden, American golden, and the English cream/British white Golden). They vary in color and size.

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6. They have water-repellent double coats that shed seasonally. 

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7. And they also instinctively love to swim. They're always up for a game of fetch in the lake.

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8. Presidents Ford and Reagan both had golden retrievers as pets while in office.

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9. They are known to take care of other animals, even cats.

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10. They also make great therapy dogs.

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11. Golden retrievers can become sad and even depressed when left alone for long periods of time. Some experts even say they shouldn't be left alone for more than five to seven hours.

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12. They are often used on search and rescue teams because of their keen sense of smell and tracking abilities.

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13. Goldens are a popular choice to star in movies and television shows because they are easy to train. (Air Bud, anyone?)

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