National Geographic : 1937 Jan
MAN'S HUNTING PARTNER, THE FIELD DOG © National Geographic Society Painting by Edward Herbert Miner GOLDEN RETRIEVERS CAME FROM RUSSIA; THE CURLY-COATED ARE NATIVE ENGLISHMEN A troupe of Russian circus dogs, performing in England in 1860, were bought by Sir Dudley Marioribanks, who later crossed them with the bloodhound and established the GOLDEN RETRIEVER breed (foreground and swimming). In Asiatic Russia, such dogs were often left all winter in sole charge of sheep. The " Curly" (center pair), of obscure ancestry, is probably the oldest of all recog nized retriever breeds. Its affectionate nature, muscular body, and crisp, weather-resisting curls have endeared it to generations of wild-fowlers.