13 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Golden Retrievers

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

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

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

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3. They are considered to be the  (behind border collies, poodles, and German shepherds).

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4. They're the .

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5. There are actually  (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 .

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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 for more than five to seven hours.

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12. They are often used on 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. (, anyone?)

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