The history of the Golden Chow Retriever is vague and not well documented. Hybrid breeds have increased in popularity throughout the last two decades and while the hybrid's origins are not known, it is just as important to review the history of his parent breeds. The Chow Chow is thought to have originated about 2000 years ago from the Samoyed and the Tibetan Mastiff. The breed was widely popular as a sporting dog in China. The Chow Chow was a favorite among the wealthy, especially emperors. This large canine was used as pointers and scenting dogs who could protect, herd, and pull wagons and carts. In the late 1700s, the Chow Chow was imported to England. In 1890, the breed was imported to the United States. In 1903, the Chow Chow was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Golden Retriever was believed to have descended from local dogs in Britain in the 1800s. The breed can be traced back to the St. John's Dog of Newfoundland. With time, the Red Setter, black Wavy-Coated Retrievers and Tweed Water Spaniels were developed. These dogs were also under the umbrella “Retrievers – Yellow or Golden”. In the 1900s, the Golden Retriever was imported to the United States and quickly rose in popularity. The breed was known as a great companion for families. In 1925, the first Golden Retriever was registered with the American Kennel Club. To this day, the Golden Retriever is a family-favorite and remains one of the most popular dogs in the country. The Golden Chow Retriever is not recognized by the AKC due to his hybrid breed status.