The Legendary “Dogfather” Retires After Siring Over 300 Puppies

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Guide Dogs UK, a renowned organization dedicated to providing guide dogs for visually impaired individuals across the United Kingdom, recently announced the retirement of their star stud, affectionately known as the “Dogfather.”

This nine-year-old Golden Retriever, named Trigger, has left an indelible mark on the charity’s breeding program, fathering an astonishing 39 litters and 323 puppies.

A Nationwide Impact

The charity proudly shared that Trigger’s offspring can be found serving as guide dogs in various cities and regions across the UK, including Glasgow, Cardiff, London, Guernsey, and the Isle of Wight.

Guide Dogs UK expressed their gratitude, stating, “Trigger’s legacy can be seen in the independence and confidence his progeny has brought to the lives of blind and partially sighted people all over Britain.”

A Record-Breaking Litter

Among Trigger’s many achievements, one particular litter from 2021 stands out as a record-breaker for Guide Dogs UK.

In that remarkable litter, Trigger sired a staggering 16 German Shepherd cross Golden Retriever puppies, showcasing his exceptional fertility.

International Influence

Trigger’s impact extended beyond the borders of the UK.

He played a pivotal role in creating guide dog partnerships abroad by fathering two litters born in France and the Netherlands, further spreading his remarkable genetic legacy.

The “Triglets” and Their Bright Futures

Guide Dogs UK affectionately refers to Trigger’s offspring as “Triglets.”

The very last litter of “Triglets” consisted of six puppies – five daughters named Jenny, Rita, Hermione, Sandy, and Indy, and one son, Billy.

The charity has high hopes for Billy, anticipating that he will continue his father’s legacy by joining their breeding program in a few years.

Janine Dixon, the Head of Breeding Operations at Guide Dogs, praised Trigger, saying, “Trigger’s wonderful, gentle nature and excellent health have made him the perfect asset to our breeding program. We can’t overstate the impact that Trigger has in helping us to provide so many guide dogs for people with sight loss.”

A Well-Deserved Retirement

After his illustrious career, Trigger will now enjoy a well-deserved retirement in Banbury, England.

He will be officially adopted by his Breeding Dog Volunteer, Sarah Byrne, who has lovingly cared for him for the past seven years.

While Trigger may be stepping away from the breeding program, his legacy will live on through his offspring.

Dixon revealed that nine of his daughters, along with his half-French son Pierre, are poised to bring forth a new generation of guide dogs, carrying Trigger’s fantastic genes.

Guide Dogs UK’s appreciation for Trigger’s immense contribution is evident, and his retirement marks the end of an era for their breeding program.

However, the “Dogfather’s” impact will continue to be felt for years to come, as his progeny continues to provide invaluable assistance and companionship to those in need.

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Hey, I'm Zack, the Chief Editor here. I was formerly a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) for a good 6 years before moving on to greener pastures. Right now, I am still heavily involved in dog parenting duties, and it is my desire to share all our knowledge with fellow dog owners out there! Connect with me on LinkedIn, or read more about Canine Care Central!

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