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bumramblings:

wewereastrokeofluck:

stickinemwithpointyendsandlace:

al-grave:

I just want to hug it. Does anyone know what kind of dog this is?

It’s a Chusky (Chow Chow + Husky).

im fucking crying

It’s cute as a puppy but please don’t buy dogs like these or give them some cute little name like “Chusky” to make it seem okay to breed and/or buy designer dogs like this.
When you breed two different breeds together, the result is going to be a bunch of puppies that will have unpredictable temperaments (Chow Chows can turn out to be aggressive) and not to mention, you are combining the health problems of both breeds into one litter of puppies. And if those puppies are bred when they’re older, they’ll pass on any genetic health problems that they have to their own offspring.
Chow Chows are already prone to numerous health issues including elbow & hip dysplasia, luxating patella, gastric torsion, elongated palate, stenotic flares, glaucoma, distichiasis, persistent pupilary membrane, and cataracts, or serious conditions like entropion.
Siberian Huskies are prone to issues like progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, cataract and corneal dystrophy.
Combine these breeds and you won’t know what you get as far as health and temperament go.
Please don’t support people who breed these kinds of dogs.

bumramblings:

wewereastrokeofluck:

stickinemwithpointyendsandlace:

al-grave:

I just want to hug it. Does anyone know what kind of dog this is?

It’s a Chusky (Chow Chow + Husky).

im fucking crying

It’s cute as a puppy but please don’t buy dogs like these or give them some cute little name like “Chusky” to make it seem okay to breed and/or buy designer dogs like this.

When you breed two different breeds together, the result is going to be a bunch of puppies that will have unpredictable temperaments (Chow Chows can turn out to be aggressive) and not to mention, you are combining the health problems of both breeds into one litter of puppies. And if those puppies are bred when they’re older, they’ll pass on any genetic health problems that they have to their own offspring.

Chow Chows are already prone to numerous health issues including elbow & hip dysplasia, luxating patella, gastric torsion, elongated palate, stenotic flares, glaucoma, distichiasis, persistent pupilary membrane, and cataracts, or serious conditions like entropion.

Siberian Huskies are prone to issues like progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, cataract and corneal dystrophy.

Combine these breeds and you won’t know what you get as far as health and temperament go.

Please don’t support people who breed these kinds of dogs.

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Protect the Endangered Species Act

bumramblings:

bathe-the-whales:

Earthjustice has a petition going on and they only need about 2,000 more signatures to reach their goal, you can go sign it here.

You can also go to their website and send a letter, urging your local senators to fight the “Extinction Act” by visiting this link.

If either of the links above don’t work, you can go to the Save the Manatee Club’s website and send a letter to your local state representatives. Just click here.

Basically if you don’t know, a new bill is being proposed in the United States that would essentially replace the Endangered Species Act of 1973 with the Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act.

This new bill would make it so that any endangered species could not be on the list for more than 5 years, regardless of whether or not their populations have fully recovered or not.

This bill has been nicknamed the “Extinction Act” because it would do just that, spell Extinction for various species across the U.S.

Please don’t let this bill pass.

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'A Californian congressmen has just introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity. This could change everything — but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this congressman's brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's imprisonment of orcas any longer.'
Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes
sign this petition
'A Californian congressmen has just introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity. This could change everything — but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this congressman's brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's imprisonment of orcas any longer.'

Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes

sign this petition

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The American Pit Bull Terrier

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In the early 1800’s, the Olde English Bulldog was used in a blood sport known as Bull Baiting (deemed inhumane & made illegal in 1835). After the downfall of Bull Baiting, dog fighting then arose as a more popular blood sport.
Breeders in England, Ireland, and Scotland began to experiment with new breeds by breeding the Olde English Bulldog with various Terriers. They were looking for a dog that embodied the gameness of a Terrier, as well as the strength and athleticism of a Bulldog.

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Since handlers would have to be hands-on during staged events, these dogs could not by any means be aggressive towards humans, and breeders often frowned upon any “man-biters”. Because of this, Pit Bulls quickly earned a reputation for their trustworthy nature towards people.

imageEventually, immigrants brought these dogs to America. These dogs were valued for much more than their fighting abilities, and were entrusted to protect homesteads from predators. Homesteaders used their Pit Bulls to help on hunts, as hog catchers, and would often use them to help drive livestock.

imageThroughout the growth of America as a nation, Pit Bulls were the breed most often depicted in magazines, posters, and advertisements. The Buster Brown shoe dog was a Pit Bull, Petey from The Little Rascals was a Pit Bull, Helen Keller owned a Pit Bull, as well as Theodore Roosevelt. These dogs were a beloved part of the nation at one time.
A little bully mutt, believed to be at least part APBT, known as Stubby became the most well known and decorated war dog during World War 1. Not only did he earn various medals such as the Purple Heart, he saved his unit from multiple gas attacks and advances from the Germans, helped aid in the capture of a German Spy, and was promoted to Sergeant which made him a superior to his master who, at the time, was only a Corporal. After his death, Stubby’s remains were preserved and are now on display in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

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Today, the American Pit Bull Terrier is no longer beloved by the nation like it once was. Not only have so-called “breeders” ruined the image of these dogs, dog fighters, unfit owners, and media outlets have helped to contribute to the downfall of this wonderful breed.

Many people today can’t even correctly identify a real Pit Bull. Many dogs in the news that have been involved in some kind of attack are typically “Pit Bull-type” dogs, meaning they display similar physical characteristics to an APBT. However, most of these dogs are American Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, etc. Most of the time, they are not Pit Bulls at all.
imageIt’s often assumed that there is more than one “type” of Pit Bull. However, that is false. Nicknames such as “blue & red nose” have absolutely no special meaning.
"XXXL Bully Pit Bulls" are not Pit Bulls at all, but a mix of several different bully breeds (such as the Pit Bull, Staffordshire Terrier, English & American Bulldog, etc.) These dogs are commonly known as American Bullies, and much like many breeds, have numerous health issues.

A true American Pit Bull Terrier weighs an average of 35-65 lbs. Very rarely do they reach a weight above 70 lbs. They are a lean and athletic breed that is very high energy, and therefore excel in sports such as weight pulls, agility, obedience, etc.

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As of February 14, 2013, a total of 870 American Pit Bull Terriers were tested by the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS). In order to take the test, a dog must be at least 18 months (1 year 6 months), the dog must be on a loose 6’ leash, and the handler is not allowed to correct, give commands, or talk to the dog at all during the test.

An automatic failure results if the dog shows unprovoked aggression, panic without recovery, or strong avoidance.

The passing rate for the American Pit Bull Terrier was an average percentage of 86.8%.

  • Collies received a passing rate of 80.3%
  • Doberman Pinschers received a passing rate of 78.5%
  • German Shepherd Dogs received a passing rate of 84.8%
  • Golden Retrievers received a passing rate of 85.2%
  • Rottweilers received a passing rate of 84.1%
  • Akita’s received a passing rate of 76.5%
  • Australian Shepherds received a passing rate of 82.2%
  • Alaskan Malamutes received a passing rate of 85.8%
  • Australian Cattle Dogs received a passing rate of 78.9%
  • Basenji’s received a passing rate of 67.8%
  • Belgian Sheepdogs received a passing rate of 80.6%
  • Border Collies received a passing rate of 81.5%
  • Boxers received a passing rate of 83.5%

The result? According to statistics, you are more likely to be bitten by a Collie, Doberman, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, Akita, Australian Shepherd, etc. than you are to be bitten by a Pit Bull.

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Many bites and fatalities reported can be prevented. According to the National Canine Research Council (NCRC), 87.1% of dog bite related fatalities could have been prevented if there had been an able bodied person present at the time. 76.2% of DBRF’s did not involve dogs kept as family pets, but rather dogs that were simply present on the property at the time.

Most striking of all, in more than 80% of cases, the breed of the dog involved could not be reliably identified.

In 2010, there were 33 dog bite related fatalities (reported bites are rapidly declining)

  • 35,332 fatalities were caused by motor vehicles.
  • 33,041 fatalities were caused by unintentional poisonings.
  • 29,009 fatalities were caused by unintentional falls.
  • 16,259 fatalities were caused by homicide.
  • 4,383 fatalities were caused by motor vehicles hitting pedestrians.
  • 3,782 fatalities were caused by drowning.
  • 1,537 fatalities were caused by child abuse/neglect.


Numerous studies have concluded that Breed Specific Legislation has not impacted the number of dog bite related injuries in the areas where is has been implemented. There is also no scientific evidence or studies that support the idea of one breed of dog being more inherently dangerous than another.

image(The dog pictured above is Hector - one of the former Michael Vick dogs.)

When these dogs are well bred, raised, trained, and cared for properly, they can become a wonderful and loving companion that just wants to play and be a part of the family. However, factors such as bad breeding and abuse can make a dog unsuitable for living in the same house as small children or other pets.

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If you are looking to adopt or purchase a Pit Bull from a breeder, it is very important to be educated and fully aware of this breeds past (as well as making sure you are buying from a very reputable breeder). These dogs are not for unprepared, uneducated, first time owners.

  • They have been bred since the beginning, way back in the 1800’s, to be animal aggressive, more specifically dog aggressive. Socialization should be the most important priority on your list. Go to pet stores, on walks, dog parks, busy stores, anywhere that has lots of people as well as dogs.
  • A dog of ANY breed and a child should never go unsupervised. A child can accidentally fall, hit, kick, pull a dogs tail, scream, etc. There is no telling how a dog will react, and most often, they will bite out of fear, because they may feel threatened.
  • Have a tall fence! These dogs are athletic and love to run and jump and be active, and sometimes, you may end up with a fence jumper. This is not only dangerous in the respect that your poor dog could be hit by a car, picked up by a less-than friendly individual, or he/she could bite someone, many times Pit Bulls and other bully breeds have been shot by law enforcement, often for no particular reason.
  • Your dog, no matter the breed, should always, always, always have a leash on when they’re outside and not in an enclosed environment! Do not let your dog run loose. There are leash laws, other dogs may not be friendly, your dog can be hit by a car, your dog could be bitten by a wild animal, etc.
  • Enroll in training classes! They will help with socialization, as well as any issues you’re having difficulty with. Enrolling your dog as early as possible (i.e. enrolling them in a puppy class) is one of the best decisions you can make.

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And to finish this off, here are some positive stories that you’re not likely to see on the local news.

  1. In November 2013, a Pit Bull named Chako was stabbed 12 times after he attempted to intervene in a fight between his owner and her abusive partner.
  2. That same month in Australia, a woman being attacked by her neighbors Bull Terrier was saved when her Staffordshire/Pit Bull Terrier mix, Brian, came to her aid.
  3. Earlier this year, a 12 year old Pit Bull named Champ helped his 60 year old owner when a robber allegedly assaulted her.
  4. On July 22, 2013, a young female Pit Bull named Lefty saved her sleeping family from four robbers who broke into her home, but suffered being shot in the leg, resulting in an amputation.
  5. TaterTot, just days after being adopted from a high-kill shelter, saved 4 year old Peyton Anderson when Peyton became incoherent and was barely breathing due to a dangerous drop in his blood sugar levels.
  6. 9 month old Pit Bull Onyx was left with burns on 30% of his body after alerting his sleeping family to a fire that had started on the back patio of their home.
  7. On December 13, 2010, a woman was walking her Beagle when she was forced at knife-point inside of her home and to the bedroom where a man attempted to rape her until the woman’s second dog, a Pit Bull named Purple, came into the picture.
  8. In June 2012, a woman fell unconscious due to a “medical event”. However, her 1 year old Pit Bull, Lilly, left her owner to get help.
  9. Another Pit Bull named Lilly lost her leg after the 8 year old dog pulled her owner to safety after falling unconscious on a set of train tracks.
  10. A Pit Bull named Jack saved his feline friend, known as Kitty, from two coyotes who were attacking her in the front yard.
  11. In Edmonton, Canada, a young Pit Bull named Mercey helped fend off three men and a teenage boy who broke into her owners apartment, one of them wielding a machete.
  12. In Scottsdale Arizona, a Pit Bull named JoJo was on a walk with her owner early in the morning, when she and her owner were attacked by a pack of Javelina.


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(National American Pit Bull Terrier Association)

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During the first World War, the most decorated war dog was a small bully breed mix known as Sergeant Stubby. Stubby had wandered into the soldier’s encampment one day and befriended the troops. In October 1917, he was smuggled in an overcoat aboard the troop ship S.S. Minnesota that was bound for France.
Stubby would do his rounds through the trenches, lifting the morale of the troops and would warn of gas attacks or incoming attacks from the Germans. He was promoted to Sergeant after holding a German Spy by the seat of his pants until American troops could come to complete the capture (he now outranked his master, who was only a corporal).

Stubby was gassed a few times, eventually ending up in the hospital when his master, Corporal J. Robert Conroy, was wounded. After sticking in the hospital for a while, Stubby and Conroy returned to the 102nd, where they spent the remainder of the war.
Stubby was smuggled back home in much the same fashion as he entered the war. However, he was so well known by this time, that one or two general officers likely looked the other way as he boarded the ship to sail home with his unit.

This seems like it would be the end of Stubby’s story, but when he got back home to America, he had become somewhat of a celebrity.

Stubby was made a lifetime member of the American Legion and marched in every Legion parade as well as every Legion convention from the end of the war until his death.
He was written about by practically every newspaper in the country. He met U.S. Presidents Wilson, Harding, and Coolidge. He was a lifetime member of the Red Cross and YMCA.

In 1921, General Blackjack Pershing, who was the supreme commander of American Forces during the War, pinned Stubby with a Gold Hero Dog’s Medal that was commissioned by the Humane Education Society (predecessor to the current Humane Society).

As a result of his time spent in the War, Stubby earned various medals and awards, including the Purple Heart, 3 Service Stripes, Yankee Division YD Patch, French Medal Battle of Verdun, 1st Annual American Legion Convention Medal, New Haven WW1 Veterans Medal, Republic of France Grande War Medal, St. Mihiel Campaign Medal, Chateau Thierry Campaign Medal, and the 6th Annual American Legion Convention Medal.

Sgt. Stubby passed away in 1926, and his obituary in the New York Times was three columns wide and half a page long, which was considerably more than many notable figures of his day.

His remains were preserved and are now on display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

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Anonymous asked: When should a puppy go home with its new owner? My family is planning on receiving a female bullmastiff during the first week of 2014. It will be 6 weeks old. Is that too soon?

The minimum age a puppy should be before going home with a new family is 8 weeks.

At 6 weeks, it should already be weaned off the bitch’s milk and eating solid kibble, however, many breeders argue that a puppy need to stay those extra two weeks in order to learn manners and proper behavior from it’s mother and litter mates.

I would suggest waiting 2 more weeks before picking up your puppy, if it is at all possible.

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annagumpphotography:

orlandobloomers:

the-girl-silhouette:

vegandthelike:

Please read this****
If a thief forces you to take money from an ATM, do not argue or resist. What you should do is punch your pin in reverse. EX: if your pin is 1234 you punch 4321. The moment you punch in the reverse, the money will come out but will be stuck in the machine and the machine will immediately alert the police without the theif’s knowledge. Every ATM has this feature.
Reblog this so everyone knows, this happens all the time especially in the city

tumblr teaches me so much more than anyone else does about life situations

if u do this u will look like an idiot and u will die in that order 

THIS IS FALSE. NO ATM HAS ANY SORT OF REVERSE PANIC MODE LIKE THIS. DO NOT DO THIS.
My mom worked with the Oregon Armored Car Company for 20+ years. Armored car companies carry money to and from banks, federal buildings, service ATM’s, etc. and she said that she’d NEVER heard of anything like this before. No ATM machine is the same, and this WILL NOT WORK ON ANY MACHINE. There have been numerous bills and laws that people have tried to pass, but all of them failed. Your best bet in this situation is to just withdraw the money and save your life instead of trying to remember your pin number backwards while having a gun pressed to your back.Snopes will explain why it will not work.

annagumpphotography:

orlandobloomers:

the-girl-silhouette:

vegandthelike:

Please read this****

If a thief forces you to take money from an ATM, do not argue or resist. What you should do is punch your pin in reverse. EX: if your pin is 1234 you punch 4321. The moment you punch in the reverse, the money will come out but will be stuck in the machine and the machine will immediately alert the police without the theif’s knowledge. Every ATM has this feature.

Reblog this so everyone knows, this happens all the time especially in the city


tumblr teaches me so much more than anyone else does about life situations

if u do this u will look like an idiot and u will die in that order 

THIS IS FALSE. NO ATM HAS ANY SORT OF REVERSE PANIC MODE LIKE THIS. DO NOT DO THIS.

My mom worked with the Oregon Armored Car Company for 20+ years. Armored car companies carry money to and from banks, federal buildings, service ATM’s, etc. and she said that she’d NEVER heard of anything like this before. No ATM machine is the same, and this WILL NOT WORK ON ANY MACHINE. There have been numerous bills and laws that people have tried to pass, but all of them failed. Your best bet in this situation is to just withdraw the money and save your life instead of trying to remember your pin number backwards while having a gun pressed to your back.

Snopes will explain why it will not work.

(Source: eviehartley, via bumramblings)

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Circovirus is Spreading & Killing Pets

Circovirus is being reported all over in the middle of the United States. It is a highly contagious disease that can strike down other animals as well, and if it is not treated as soon as possible, has the potential to kill in a number of days.

Veterinarians and Scientists unfortunately do not know exactly how it is transmitted, nor is there a vaccine for it. However, they do know that if your dog spends time in places frequented by numerous other dogs, that is the most likely way that it is spread.

The virus is not new, as it’s been reported mainly in pigs and sometimes birds. However, the virus has never made the jump to dogs until now, and it’s already killed 3 dogs in Cincinnati, Ohio that were all boarded at the same kennel, and a fourth also became ill in just three days.

Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. The intestinal tract also become inflamed and as the virus progresses, it can cause the animal to bleed internally, and eventually die as a result.

Since the virus has only been seen in dogs since 2012, the symptoms are not set in stone, and some dogs may only be carriers. If your dog shows any symptoms or acts abnormally in any way, contact your vet immediately.

This disease is deadly and very serious. Like I stated previously, it can kill in a matter of days, so do not waste any time if your dog begins to act sick.

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Popular Breeds of Tumblr! (Part 1)

There are lots of breeds of dogs here on Tumblr that everyone loves, but a lot of the time, they’re confused for something like a fox, or someone doesn’t know what breed it actually is. So here are names and photos of some of the most popular dogs on Tumblr! (Breed names will link you to American breed clubs)



Alaskan Klee Kai - (commonly mistaken for a fox/wolf when they’re puppies) These dogs were created mostly by accident in the 1970’s when a woman went to Alaska with her husband to visit his relatives, and she ended up bringing home a little female Husky that weighed only 17lbs! Her brother-in-law and his wife had also encountered an accidental breeding between a small dog and one of their Alaskan Huskies, which propelled the idea to eventually create the Alaskan Klee Kai. It is currently only recognized as a breed in America by the United Kennel Club, not the AKC.
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Siberian Husky - William Goosak, a Russian fur trader, imported these “little” dogs to Nome Alaska in the fall of 1908. They arrived without much fanfare, and Goosak was set to enter them into the 1909 All Alaska Sweepstakes race of 408 miles for a prize of $10,000. These dogs weighed as much as 40-52lbs, and they were unimpressive compared to the other, heavier and longer-legged sled dogs. Many referred to them as “Siberian Rats”.
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Shiba Inu - The ancestors of today’s Shiba are thought to have accompanied the earliest immigrants to Japan from as far back as 7000 BC. A new group of immigrants brought their dogs to Japan in the third century BC. These dogs interbred with the descendants of the Jomonjin dogs and produced dogs that had pointed, erect ears and curly or sickle tails.
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American Pit Bull Terrier - Originally developed mainly for the purpose of bull baiting and hunting other large game(such as boars and semi-wild cattle). They were developed mainly in England, Scotland, and Ireland sometime in the 19th century by crossing various Terriers and the Bulldog. The end result was a dog that embodied the gameness of a Terrier, as well as the strength and athleticism of the Bulldog. Not only did they excel at the job they were bred for, they were wonderful companion dogs as well. Like the Alaskan Klee Kai, they are not a recognized breed by the AKC, only by the UKC. As a result, many owners and breeders will register their dogs as American Staffordshire Terriers instead.
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American Staffordshire Terrier - Much like the APBT, the American Staffordshire Terrier was developed sometime in the early 1800’s by crossing various Terrier’s and the Bulldog. The breed was mostly bred for farm work and hunting large game. However, dog fighting and bull baiting were also a part of their history, like many of today’s bully breeds. They were not a recognized breed until 1939, when the AKC recognized them as the Staffordshire Terrier. The name of the breed was revised later, effective on January 1, 1972, and they became the American Staffordshire Terrier. The change was due to breeders in America developing a type that was heavier, compared to the smaller dogs that were being developed in England.
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Staffordshire Bull Terrier - This breed can be traced all the way back to the Elizabethan era in England, where their ancestors were, once again, used for things like bull baiting as well as bear baiting. Early in the 1800’s, when dog fighting first gained it’s popularity, the sport called for a smaller, faster dog. It was originally known as the “Bulldog Terrier” and the “Bull and Terrier”. The dog averaged a weight of 30-45lbs, and had become the Staffordshire Bull Terrier that we know today. However, even though they were recognized by the Kennel Club in England in 1935, the AKC did not recognize the breed until October 1, 1974, when they were admitted into the AKC Stud Book.image


English Bulldog - The Bulldog was originally thought to be a butcher’s dog, used to subdue an animal for slaughter. Then it was bred for the purpose of bull baiting. They had to be ferocious, courageous, and savage, as well as be nearly insensitive to any pain. Once bull baiting was outlawed in 1835, the breed had lost it’s original purpose and many people stopped breeding them. However, a determined group of enthusiasts held on. In order to save the breed, they were faced with the task of breeding out the aggression and fierceness the dog had originally exhibited, while attempting to preserve the finer and more desirable traits. Within a few generations, many viewed them as being some of the finest physical specimens of the dog world, all without the viciousness they once exhibited.
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Golden Retriever - The Golden Retriever originated in the highlands of Scotland in the late 1800’s. Dudley Marjoribanks(later known as Lord Tweedmouth), bought “Nous” from a cobbler in Southern England in 1865. It was the only yellow coated puppy in a litter of black Wavy-Coated Retrievers that were born the year before. Nous was bred to another dog belonging to Tweedmouth, named Belle. Belle was a Tweed Water Spaniel, which is a breed that is now extinct, and the breeding of Belle and Nous resulted in several yellow colored pups that became the foundation for a distinctive line of yellow retrievers. The descendants of Nous and Belle were combined with wavy and flat coated retrievers, as well as more Tweed Water Spaniels, and a Red Setter. The breed was eventually developed and officially recognized as the Golden Retriever in 1920 by The Kennel Club in England. The Canadian and American Kennel Clubs eventually followed suit when they were recognized in 1925 in Canada and in 1932 in America.
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