Hundreds of golden retrievers, and their owners, have gathered at the Highland ancestral home of the breed
The first golden retriever puppies were born at Guisachan House in Glen Affric 155 years ago. They were bred by aristocrat Sir Dudley Marjoribanks, who wanted a gun dog suited to Scottish Highland terrain.
Owners from across the UK, continental Europe, North America, Australia and Japan have been meeting at the ruins of Guisachan House.
Wow, such an interesting article. It would be amazing to witness this gathering.
One of my favourite sits was with the most beautiful Retriever boy called Churchill. Really loved him like my own.
@Therese yes it would definitely be something to see!
This was our camrose golden retriever called Max who has sadly passed now, he was such a gentle boy.
Deep in a Highland glen 155 years ago the world’s first golden retrievers were born.
The puppies - Primrose, Cowslip and Crocus, external - were part of businessman and Liberal MP Sir Dudley Marjoribanks’ attempts to create a supreme hunting dog.
He wanted a gun dog suited to retrieving game - such as grouse - in the rugged hills and cold rivers and lochs of his sprawling Glen Affric Guisachan House estate, and wider Scottish Highlands.
The first litter was born to Belle, a liver-coloured Tweed water spaniel, and a yellow wavy-coated retriever called Nous.
Some histories of the breed say there were four puppies, but it is generally understood to have been three - two females and a male.
Source: A brief history of Guisachan's golden retrievers - BBC News
Not the greatest quality of photo but also such a beautiful, gentle soul, like your Max.
We’ve just finished a sit with a 10 month old GR. So gentle & loving but sooo food motivated!!! We loved him to bits
We regularly sit for these 5 beauties (not our little fluff )and they are currently at the gathering. I believe it is a regular event for them
Oh Wow @Shannon Absolutely gorgeous lineup. Your little fluff fits in so very sweetly too.
@Therese awww what a lovely photo
Hi @Shannon what a great photo! Such an adorable bunch
What a beautiful boy he was
Anyone an Outlander fan? I’m imagining the Highland games, and Roger Mac standing up and yelling, “The Goldens! Are HERE!”
These photos are absolutely adorable. I love golden retrievers!
The UK record for the largest gathering of golden retrievers has been broken. According to organisers, there were 466 of the dogs at the Guisachan House in Glen Affric, where the world’s first golden retriever puppies were born in 1868. This comfortably broke the previous British record of 361, set at the same location five years ago.
Golden Retriever being a naughty ‘Granddog’ has internet in stitches
The gathering in 2018. Will pop up the group photo from this year when they are available.
@Shannon brilliant thank you
Having had several Goldens throughout my life, this place has been on my bucket list and I WILL get there one day.