The Golden Retriever is first and foremost a gun dog, the purpose for which it was developed. However, their kind temperament makes them extremely sought after not only as pets but also as dogs for the disabled. The most recent figures available show that they are the second most popular breed of dog in the country. This book details the conformation of the breed, their character and temperament. It defines the different types of shows, field trials, working and obedience tests, together with a brief reference to agility. It also gives a concise resume of the often-confusing aspect of hereditary disease. A number of chapters are devoted to gun dog training and explain in detail how to set about this task and, most important, what to do when things do not go to plan; an aspect often ignored in many books on this subject. Michael Twist, together with his wife Cynthia, have bred and owned Goldens for just over 50 years and at one time they had three champions in their kennel. Miss Joan Gill, President of the Golden Retriever Club, writes the Foreword to this book and summarises the book in nine words, "Fulfils a much-needed want...I can confidently recommend it". High praise indeed!