This is a golden retriever that I’m sure you’ve all seen on the news. The dog’s name is “Annie,” and she belongs to a resident near the Red River of the North in Fargo, North Dakota.
Fargo is expecting a record flood this time, which is why they’ve sandbagged. This is a pretty bad natural disaster by anyone’s imagination.
However, look at the dog for minute. This is the type of golden that is still common in the Upper Midwest, dark -colored and, in the case of this one, rather wavy-coated. This dog’s coat is really quite similar to what I imagine the Tweed water dog or Tweed water spaniel’s coat looked like.
These dogs largely descend from earlier imports from Canada, which were all meant to be working dogs. These dogs were first imported to Canada by Colonel Samuel Magoffin. These dogs were kept at his home in Vancouver and were well-used as working dogs. These dogs were registered under the kennel name of Rockhaven. There were also dogs of a similar type imported by Bart Armstrong of Winnipeg, Manitoba, for his Gilnockie kennels.
The original goldens in North America would be what we would call “field-line” or “working-type” today. However, many of these dogs made up the original show population of this country.
Indeed, they were the nominate type of the breed in Britain until the late 1950′s or early 1960′s. That’s when the distinct “blocky” British type evolved.
Let’s hope that the floods in Noth Dakota aren’t that bad, and that whatever damage they experience can be mitigated. Floods are terrible things.
But that picture of that golden is certainly instructive.