You know this has to be a working golden retriever in Europe.
Europeans want their dogs to retrieve fur. This takes this desire to a whole new level. I’ve seen photos of German HPR’s retrieving foxes, including gray foxes in the United States, but this is the first image I’ve seen of a golden retriever doing it.
Not that I doubted that they could do it. It’s just that no one from this country ever asks them to.
Hat tip to Dave at the Little Heelers blog. He wanted me to see a kennel that had both performance-bred retrievers and Finnish spitz, but I jumped when I saw this golden carrying a fox.
I should note that the Russian have trained a very close relative of the Finnish spitz to retrieve ducks and even hold events that test the retrieving abilities of these dogs.
But that’s another post.