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Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers lineage can be traced back to nineteenth-century Scotland. They were bred as hunting dogs, used to locate and retrieve game from land and water. Initial efforts to breed the Golden Retriever were conducted by Sir Dudley Majoribanks, Lord of Tweedmouth, who spent twenty years secretly developing the breed. He began with a yellow dog from Brighton and an English retriever with a liver-colored curly coat called a Tweedwater Spaniel, now extinct. He later introduced Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands, Red Setters and Bloodhounds into the mix. The breed was accepted by the Kennel Club of England in 1903 as the "Golden Flat Coat" and they were first shown in an English dog show in 1908.
Genetic Diseases that can be tested for:

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Degenerative Myelopathy

Australia / NZ statistics:
No information is currently available - keep checking this page for updates

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy of Golden Retriever

Australia / NZ statistics:
No information is currently available - keep checking this page for updates

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Progressive Rode Cone Degeneration

Australia / NZ statistics:
All dogs tested so far (small numbers only) were clear of this disease - check updates

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Muscular Dystrophy - X-linked

Australia / NZ statistics:
No information is currently available - keep checking this page for updates

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Please be aware that other genetic diseases or developmental abnormalities may still be present. A genetic test does not replace the need for ongoing clinical assessment by a veterinarian. Disease penetrance and clinical assessment of affected animals can only be performed by a qualified veterinarian.

Disease Statistics provided by breed club health committies and member bodies