Golden retrievers are members of the sporting breed, meaning they were initially bred as hunters’ helpers. In fact, many retrievers are still beloved hunting dogs today, but the breed is also a household favorite due to its devotion and energy. Bred in Scotland in the mid-1800s, in a time and place where hunting for food was a necessity for survival, golden retrievers were seen as highly trainable dogs useful in fowl hunting of all kinds. Those initial traits are true today. Golden Retrievers are overwhelming viewed as trainable, and they are still used for hunting as well as service animals and search-and-rescue dogs. More than most any other breed, they are devoted family members, excellent with children and with other pets.