More than 200 golden retrievers and their owners recently gathered in the Scottish Highlands to honor the birthplace of the breed.

The Guisachan Gathering, a festival of all things golden retriever, took place over three days in July and set a new canine attendance record with 222 dogs.

The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland first held the event in 2006 to commemorate its 50th anniversary, and 188 goldens attended.

This year’s party featured a dog show, tug-of-war, a haggis-hurling contest and plenty of adorable photo ops.

The celebration was held at Guisachan, the home of Dudley Coutts Majoribanks, the first Baron Tweedmouth. Here he bred the first golden retriever in 1868 by pairing a yellow wavy-coated retriever with a now-extinct, Tweed spaniel.

The pair produced four puppies, but it took another 64 years before golden retrievers were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Check out some photos from the 2013 Guisachan Gathering below.

golden retrievers at the Guisachan Gathering

golden retriever puppy at the Guisachan Gathering

golden retrievers at Guisachan Gathering

golden retriever puppy at the Guisachan Gathering

golden retrievers at the Guisachan Gathering

golden retriever puppy at the Guisachan Gathering

golden retrievers at the Guisachan Gathering

Photos: guisachangathering2013/flickr

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