The Golden Retriever started out, around the mid-nineteenth century, as a working dog. Nevertheless, it was the result of a much older pedigree from various and numerous predecessors, each of which contributed specific mental and physical qualities; the combination of these qualities gave us the breed that we now know as the Golden Retriever.
The first person to create a new breed of Retriever was LORD TWEEDMOUTH. His desire was to obtain a hunting dog that embodied specific characteristics such as obedience and independence, as well as the ability to hunt in both vegetation and in water and to gently bring back the prey. It was around 1865 when LORD TWEEDMOUTH acquired the NOUS, the only yellow-coated Retriever to be born among a litter of black dogs. Three years later, he crossed it with a TWEED WATER SPANIEL and from this litter four females were chosen. With these four females, he established the foundations of his dog breeding business and the only male of the litter, the CROCUS, was given to his son LORD TWEEDMOUNTH; from here his selection began, using outcrosses of two black Retrievers, an Irish Setter and a Bloodhound. LORD TWEEDMOUTH later gave away some of his pups to raise awareness of this wonderful breed, with the result that the first breeds of the twentieth century started with reproducers bred by the aforementioned LORD.
Nowadays, we can be sure of the GOLDEN Retriever’S origins thanks to the tenacity of ELMA STONEX'S famous "DORCAS KENNEL". For ten years, Stonex devoted her time and energy to researching the origins of the Golden Retriever.
The breed was registered in the English Kennel Club in 1913 under the name "GOLDEN OR YELLOW RETRIEVER", although the Golden Retriever was not recognised as a new breed until 1960.
In ITALY it only reached the LOI (Libro Origini Italiano) register in 1985.
Since then, our breeding business, specialising in importing superior breeds from England, has been able to achieve levels of excellence through good blood lines, as proven by the results obtained at national, international and world-wide dog shows.