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Piarki, Hector & Robyn on Mt Wellington,Tasmania

With a sunny dispostion to match its intelligence, the Golden Retriever makes a loyal, affectionate and trustworthy companion. Originally used as a soft-mouthed retriever for wild game hunting, the breed has become extremely popular as a treasured family pet and has also been used widely as a guide dog for the blind, and more recently as therapy companions.

The breed was developed in the 1800's in Britain - a mix of various sporting breeds as well as Bloodhound to sharpen the breeds' scenting skills. The Golden Retriever was recognised as a pure breed by the English Kennel Club in 1913, and has since found its way into the hearts and homes of dog lovers world-wide.

Goldens stand from 22 to 24 inches (51-61 cms) at the shoulder and weigh from 60 to 75 pounds (26-35 kilo) The dense water repellent coat comes in various golden to cream shades and requires weekly brushing to keep it clean and shiny. They do best in homes with a good size yard or country homes where they are given plenty of outdoor exercise.

Aust Ch Piarki Mea Terah

Sire: Aust. Ch. Neighan New Adventure CD - Dam: Piarki the Winter Spirit

Photo by Barbra Killworth

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