A Scottish Lord Wanted Friendly Hunting Dogs, So He Bred Golden Retrievers

From a Washington Post story by Andrea Salcedo headlined “A Scottish lord wanted cuddly hunting dogs, so he bred golden retrievers”:

When Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth, purchased the 20,000-acre Guisachan Estate in 1854, he envisioned breeding a particular dog that could hunt by his side while remaining house-trained enough to stay in his mansion when the pair was not stalking the Scottish Highlands.

“What Lord Tweedmouth wanted was a dog that was a hunter, but he wanted a dog that was unusually friendly and one that had a coat that could take the Scottish weather, which is very cold and rainy,” the historian Curt DiCamillo said.