361 golden retrievers gather to celebrate anniversary of breed's founding

A lot of very good puppers.
A lot of very good puppers. Photo credit: Facebook/ Cool Dog Group

A huge group of golden retrievers has gathered in Scotland to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the breed's first puppies.

The dogs met at Guisachan House in the Scottish Highlands, where the first puppies were bred by Dudley Marjoribanks, First Baron Tweedmouth, on Friday (local time) the BBC reports.

Nous, a yellow-coloured retriever, with Belle, a Tweed water spaniel. The breeding programme was later expanded to include the Irish setter, St John's water dogs and two wavy black-coated retrievers.

The plan was to create a dog suited to hunting and retrieving fowl downed during hunts over greater distances and more difficult terrain. The breed developed a calm temperament along the way, leading to the friendly nature the breed is known for to this day.

Saturday's meet-up was organised by the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland and was far larger than other meet-ups that had previously been organised.

In August 2013, 222 of the dogs met in front of Guisachan House to celebrate the breed. According to an attendee list on Facebook the 2018 event had 361 dogs in attendance.