William Secord Gallery banner

Golden Retriever


Original Works of art

Group: Sporting
Breed Family: Retriever

Retrievers as specific breeds were not seen until well into the nineteenth century. All working dogs were mated very much for their working ability, not for their looks, thus the Newfoundland, the Setters, the Water Spaniel, the Collie, and the Wavy-coated Retriever are all said to have played a part in the development of the Golden Retriever.

The most complete records of the development of the breed were kept by Lord Tweedmouth on his Guisachan estate near Loch Ness in Scotland. He acquired a yellow Retriever of Lord Chichester’s breeding from a cobbler in Brighton and called the dog Nous (Gaelic for wisdom). Nous was the product of two blacks and in 1868 she was bred to Belle, a Water Spaniel from the Tweed, and the resulting litter of three yellow puppies was the foundation of the Golden Retriever as a distinct breed.

In 1904, Lord Harcourt founded his Culham kennel with stock going back to Lord Tweedmouth’s Guisachan dogs and the two kennels are the foundation on which the breed became firmly established. When Golden Retrievers were first given classes at the Crufts show in 1910, Lord Harcourt’s Culham Copper was Best of Breed.

The last of the Retriever breeds to become established, it is now one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world.


envelope image E-mail this page to a friend

Home | About the WS Gallery | Current Exhibition | New Additions | Search Our Inventory | Commissioning Paintings | 19th & 20th Century Oils | Contemporary Artists | Works on Paper & Collectibles | Books | Christine Merrill | Meet the Artist | Breed in Brief | References | Register Here | Email Us | links

All images, designs and information on this site are fully copyrighted © 1999
and may not be reproduced of used in any form or any manner, or displayed in any way
on any website without the express written consent of The William Secord Gallery, Inc.

William Secord Gallery, Inc.
29 West 15th Street 4th floor
New York, NY 10011
Between Fifth and Six Avenues
Tel. 212-249-0075
By appointment

Facebook Find us on Facebook