The Golden Retriever typically is light in colour or dark, however red and mahogany is also seen. Golden Retrievers are classed as medium-sized dogs. Golden Retrievers (by registration) are the fifth most popular family breed in the United States, the fifth most popular in Australia and the eighth most popular in the United Kingdom. They are known as Golden, Yellow Retriever or ‘Goldie’.
Origin of the Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever originates from the Scottish highlands in the late 1800s, and was developed by Lord Tweedmouth by mixing the Yellow Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel-the latter breed now being extinct. Golden Retrievers are one of the world’s foremost family companion dogs. Several of the top obedience competition dogs in the country are Golden Retrievers. They are also used as a service dog for the disabled, a therapy dog and a service dog for the disabled.
Sizes of typical male and female golden retrievers
Golden Retrievers are a powerful well-proportioned dog; typical males should weigh between 60 and 80 pounds, while females should be lighter, between 55 and 70 pounds. In height, males tend to be between 22 and 24 inches, with females slightly smaller at 20-22 inches.
Golden Retriever Temperament
Golden Retrievers are well-mannered, lovable, intelligent dogs with a great charm. The breed is easily trained and is always gentle and patient with children. Golden Retrievers love to swim and its talents include; narcotics detection, hunting, retrieving, tracking, competitive obedience, agility and performing tasks.
Golden Retriever Coats
Golden Retrievers are average shedders. They have a smooth, medium-haired double coat, which is easy to groom. The undercoat because of its water repellent nature is extremely thick and must therefore not be allowed to malt, causing avoidable suffering the dog. Ensure you comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, paying specific attention to the dense undercoat. Bathe only when necessary and dry shampoo regularly.
Exercise your Golden Retriever
Originally bred for game fetching, Golden Retrievers need to be taken on a daily, brisk long walk. It is important to exercise this dog well to avoid hyper activity. Training and exercise should start at around 8-10 weeks.
What health problems can Golden Retrievers suffer from?
Generally Golden Retrievers are a healthy breed, however there are some main problems to look out for; eye disease, hip dysplasia-a common problem in Golden Retrievers, elbow dysplasia, hereditary heart disease, and epilepsy and skin allergies.
The life expectancy of a Golden Retriever
The average life span of a Golden Retriever is between 10 and 12 years.
The cost of a Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers can cost between £300 and £500, however it will vary depending on which country you are buying your dog from. They are reasonably inexpensive to keep as they do not require any food additives on a regular basis.
Golden Retriever Puppies
Although Golden Retrievers are known for their very, caring nature, there will still be a major difference between each pups’ personality. Remember to keep in mind that it is never a good idea to raise two puppies at the same time-unless you are particularly experienced in raising dogs. Golden Retrievers (up to two or three years old) jump with lots of energy, so be careful if your dog is around people who are not steady on their feet. Golden retrievers learn best with lots of praise and attention.
Dog groups related to Golden Retrievers
Similar dog breeds to the Golden Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Curly-coated Retriever, Flat-coated Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Brittany, Pointer, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer.