- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has an official state flower, state tree, state fish and state bird. Now, it could soon have an official state canine.

House lawmakers were set to vote Tuesday on a bill naming the golden retriever as Delaware’s official state dog. But lawmakers decided at the last minute that they were not ready to unleash the legislation.

The bill outlines a host of attributes for the golden retriever, such as its intelligence and friendliness, its love for hunting, and its ability to be trained for search and rescue work.

But lovers of other breeds should not despair. The golden retriever would be Delaware’s official dog for only one year after the bill’s enactment. That would open the doggie door for fans of other breeds to seek the state’s official imprimatur.

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