Golden Retriever

Whether you are seeking a devoted companion or a hunting dog, the Golden Retriever is a multi-skilled animal that does it all! This versatile Gundog is great with children, loyal, eager to please and easy to train. Golden Retrievers are social dogs that love spending time with people. Whether in the home or out and about in the community, the Golden Retriever has a friendly disposition. As with all puppies, it is important to socialize your dog early. Golden Retrievers require daily exercise. This powerful large dog breed is quite energetic and does well in obedience training. The Golden Retriever is renowned for being eager to please, and learns well. The Golden Retriever’s intelligence, combined with its adaptability and self-confidence mean this medium-large breed is easy to train. It is these personality traits that have made this large dog breed successful as assistant dogs the world over.


With a its rich, lustrous golden coat of various shades, the Golden Retriever is easily recognizable and loved the world over.
Golden Retrievers are sociable dogs who love spending time with people.
The American Kennel Club recognized the Golden Retriever in 1925.
Golden Retrievers are used as assistance dogs for the disabled.
The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States.
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Group:

Sporting

Size:

Large

The AKC disqualifies Golden Retrievers weighing outside 65-75 pounds and bitches 55-65 pounds.

Height:

23 to 24 inches (58.4 to 61 cm)

Weight:

65 to 75 pounds (29.6 to 34.2 kgs)

Life Expectancy:

10 to 12 years

Origin:

Scotland. The Golden Retriever was developed by Lord Tweedmouth in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s, who crossed his original "Yellow Retriever" with the Tweed Water Spaniel. Lord Tweedmouth wanted to create a superior retriever suitable for hunting. The breed as we know it today includes a mix of Irish Setter and Bloodhound.

Popular Golden Retriever Cross-Breeds:

Australian Retriever – Golden-Retriever X Australian-Shepherd
Basset Retriever – Golden-Retriever X Basset-Hound
Beago – Golden-Retriever X Beagle
Golden Boxer – Golden-Retriever X Boxer
Golden Irish – Golden-Retriever X Irish-Setter
Goberian – Golden-Retriever X Siberian-Husky
Goldmaraner - Golden Retriever X Weimaraner
Golden-Pei - Golden Retriever X Shar Pei
Gollie – Golden-Retriever X Collie
Golden Mountain Dog – Golden-Retriever X Bernese-Mountain-Dog
Petite Goldendoodle, Goldendoodle – Golden-Retriever X Poodle

Available colors:

The golden-colored coat may vary from light to dark gold.

Temperament

The Golden Retriever is:

  • Adaptable
  • Affectionate
  • Cheerful
  • Friendly
  • Good-natured
  • Intelligent
  • Lovable

Grooming:

Your Golden Retriever will need to be groomed once a week.

Coat Length:

The Golden Retriever grows a thick coat.

Shedding:

The Golden Retriever is a heavy shedder.

Although the Golden Retriever is a seasonal shedder, this dog breed is a very heavy shedder, making it an unsuitable choice for people suffering from allergies.

Health Concerns

Cancer, Cataracts, Congenital Eye Disease, Hip dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (Night Blindness), Tumors, Von Willbrand's Disease

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11-May-2011

Dylan_23

Golden Retriever's are so cool. They always look happy and seem so friendly. They could definitely bring a smile to anyone’s day. :D

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