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Hundreds of Golden Retrievers gathered and met at the Guisachan House in Scottish Highlands to celebrate the breed’s 155th founding anniversary.
The celebrations at the Guisachan House, known to be the ancestral home of the Golden Retriever breed, lasted for a week from the 10th of July until the 14th.
And over 200 Golden Retrievers and their owners from across Scotland, the UK, Canada, North America, Japan, and Australia were in attendance for the celebrations.
The gathering is organized by the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland, which also put out an event to celebrate the breed every five years.
The week-long festivities included seminars, workshops, dog show competition, demonstrations, a night-time procession, and games.
According to BBC, the gathering was expected to see one of the world’s largest gathering of Golden Retrievers in one place.
Furthermore, it set a new attendance record and was even bigger than the breed’s 150th founding anniversary gathering in 2018.
The secretary of the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland, Carol Henry, said the aim of the event is to keep the knowledge of the breed alive.
Talking to BBC, Henry said that irresponsible breeders have started putting the dog’s standards at risk during the COVID pandemic lockdown.
She said, “We want to hold on to the confidence, the biddability, the companionship and loyalty – all the things the golden retriever was built on.”
The Golden Retriever breed was originally bred at the Guisachan House by Lord Tweedmouth. The first litter of Goldies was born in 1868 and the puppies were named Primrose, Ada, Cowslip, and Corcus.