WITH today being Father's Day, a dog charity has revealed its most prolific stud dog is from Oxfordshire.

Trigger, a six-year-old purebred Golden Retriever from Banbury, has fathered 191 puppies from 24 litters, over four and a half years, for Guide Dogs.

This trumps the average stud who will generally father 12 litters over a whole career.

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His offspring have helped Guide Dogs service users across the country, from Guernsey to Rotherham. His son, Pierre, aged one year and 11 months, has even joined the breeding programme himself and will soon sire his first litter.

Oxford Mail: One of Trigger's littersOne of Trigger's litters

Trigger’s success as a stud is credited to his good health. The litters that he fathers are often larger than average, with many boasting 10 puppies compared to the average of six to eight.

Sarah Bryne, a volunteer Breeding Dog Holder who has looked after Trigger since the age of 13 months, said: “Trigger is very playful, a bit of cheeky chappy. I’d say he was a typical boy - he tends to come back on a walk only when he’s ready and will take all of his toys out into the garden.

“It is a lovely feeling to know that every litter he produces will have puppies going on to become guide dogs.

“I do keep in touch with some of them and get pictures sent through, but with almost 200 puppies out there it’s hard to keep up. It’s amazing to recognise Trigger in their faces."

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Guide Dogs is committed to following best practice in the care and welfare of all its breeding stock.

The organisation believes that dogs should all enjoy the care, respect and understanding that they deserve.

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