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Golden Retriever Festival

The festival is called the Guisachan Gathering and takes its name from the ancestral home of the golden retriever breed. (Gordon Richardson)

222 golden retrievers frolic in a field in Scotland

The golden retriever and its history were feted by 222 goldens and their masters who gathered from around the globe for a celebration in the breed's ancestral Scottish Highlands home in July.

Hosted by the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland, the festival is held at the abandoned home of Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, who bred the first golden retriever.

According to PBS Newshour, the breed was born 1868 with genes from a yellow wavy-coated retriever and a now extinct tweed water-spaniel. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed 64 years later.

More festival photos are on Flickr.