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THE BIRTH PLACE OF THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER

(sadly now just a ruin)


GUISACHAN HOUSE


It was once a magnificent house set in its own grounds just on the outskirts of the village of Tornich, about 12 miles from Drumnadrochit, which is almost at the top end of Loch Ness in Scotland.

The origin of the Golden Retriever has been well documented and the breed was started by Lord Tweedmouth during the last century at Guisachan.


In 1868, Lord Tweedmouth mated a yellow Wavy-Coated Retriever (Nous) to a Tweed Water Spaniel (Belle). He continued to line-breed down from this mating between 1868 and 1890, using other Tweed Water Spaniels, and outcrosses to two black Retrievers, an Irish Setter and a sandy colored Bloodhound. It is now known that one of the most influential kennels in the first part of the century is what lies behind all present day Golden Retrievers and was founded on stock bred by Lord Tweedmouth.

Lord Tweedmouth was a keen shooting man and used these breeds to produce a keen working dog to retrieve game that was shot or wounded.  Sadly, the breed today has become split into two distinct types..The Show type and the Working type. The Golden Retriever that we know today is equally well adapted to being a gun dog, service dog or companion as well as excelling in obedience, working trials or fly ball. Some even like being the resident couch potato!
 
Thank you, Lord Tweedmouth for producing the foundation of this wonderful breed!




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NIGHTHAWK KENNEL COMPLEX AND GROUNDS

WINTER IN MINNESOTA
KENNEL COMPLEX
EAST EXERCISE YARD
ORCHARD EXERCISE YARD
OLD HOG BARN
NORTH POND
OLD HOG BARN IN SUMMER
SIDE YARD GARDEN
RESIDENT LOON
STORM ROLLIN' IN...
 
 
A DAY AT NIGHTHAWK

MORE WATER, PLEASE
LIFE IS GOOD...
AMBER LIKES THE SNOW
CRYSTAL LIKES THE AUTUMN LEAVES
A HUNTER/BONNIE PUP CLAIMS HER TOY
BUSTED!
PATIENT HOPE WITH SOME BIG PUPPIES!
FETCH!
AHEAD BY A NOSE!
A MOTHER'S WORK IS NEVER DONE....
LOOK! THEY ARE LEARNING!
GROWING MAKES ME TIRED...
SNOW IS JUST TOO MUCH FUN!
THESE DON'T LOOK LIKE DUCKS TO ME!
MIDAS MEETS CRYSTAL
AND THEN THE RAIN CAME......
LOOK AT THIS GATE!!
WE ARE HAVING JUST TOO MUCH FUN!
TOURING THE FARM
I CAN'T DRIVE THIS THING!
WE ARE HAVING A PUPPY PARTY!
A RUN IN THE ORCHARD