An experienced pharmaceutical executive, Dr. Craig Gelband is vice president, group medical director with Ogilvy CommonHealth Medical. Outside of his professional pursuits, Dr. Craig Gelband is concerned with animal welfare and focuses much of his rescues work on golden retrievers.
Golden retrievers may be some of the most beloved dogs, but there are a number of facts that people may not know about them. Here are just a few facts about the breed:
1. They were first bred in Scotland. During the latter half of the 19th century, Lord Tweedmouth of Scotland first bred the golden retriever as a more effective and loyal hunting dog than other retrievers. As such, he mixed his flat-coated retriever with a water spaniel before mating their descendants with such other breeds as Irish setters and St. John’s water dogs. Eventually, he received the result he was looking for in the golden retriever.
2. They have held several world records. Golden retrievers are well represented in the Guinness Book of World Records. One golden named Augie impressed recorders by carrying five regulation-sized tennis balls in his mouth, thus earning him the record for Most Tennis Balls Held in the Mouth by a Dog. Another notable golden from Australia barks at 113.1 decibels, making his the loudest bark in the world.
3. They are one of America’s most popular breeds. As of 2015, golden retrievers held the number three spot atop the list of America’s most popular dog breeds. Not only have they maintained a high place on this list for many years, but they also have become known as one of the nation’s favorite assistance breeds. In fact, a number of assistance groups primarily train goldens to help those in need.