The Golden Retriever is a breed of dog in the game Nintendogs and its 3DS sequel


DS: "This large breed originates in England and boasts a lovely wavy coat and a fine temperament."

3DS (NTSC): "This large breed originates in Scotland and boasts a wavy coat and fine temperament."

3DS (PAL): "This large breed originates in Scotland and boasts a wavy coat and a fine temperament."

Sir Dudley Majorabanks (also known as Lord Tweedmouth) is the man credited for the creation of the Golden Retriever breed in the 1860s, near Loch Ness. Though originally they were bred as the "ultimate hunting dog", the Golden Retriever tends to be portrayed as the perfect family dog. As the name suggests they love to fetch-- they were bred for retrieving things. Golden Retrievers are loyal, patient, great with strangers, eager to please, and very intelligent. They can learn many commands and are one of the easiest breeds to train. However, if the owner does not raise the dog properly, then it can become aggressive.

Famous goldens in real life include Air Bud from the Air Bud series by Disney and the Air Buddies, which include B-Dawg, Rosebud, Bud-dha, Mudbud, and Budderball.

Unlocking the Breed

Coat Colors

In Nintendogs, the Golden Retriever only has three colors, similar to almost every other breed. These colors are reddish, yellowish, and orange.

In Nintendogs + Cats, the Golden Retriever comes in various shades of golden. If the player chooses "Surprise me!", they may find a pure white Golden Retriever, or a white one with golden patches, similar to a Jack Russel's Lemon and White coat pattern.


  • Liberty, owned by G Ford (SpotPass DLC)


  • While Golden Retrievers do not appear in the original Japanese version of Nintendogs, there's some leftover data relating to them in the form of text strings and the placeholder Beagle model, much like the scrapped Papillon and Maltese breed.
  • Golden Retrievers, along with Shiba Inus, are the only Nintendogs + Cats mascot breed without a Super smash bros Assist trophy.


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