A Golden Retriever is an excellent family pet. They get along well with everyone, including children and other pets. They are happy-go-lucky, gentle, and very friendly. They are intelligent, trainable, and obedient, and they want to please their owner. Golden Retrievers were bred to work, so they love to play games and have fun outdoors. They’re athletic and fast on their feet. It’s no surprise they are one of the most popular dogs in the world as they are beautiful, sweet and loyal.
Golden Retrievers are the third most popular breed. They are popular guide dogs, police dogs and hunting dogs. Some famous Golden Retrievers were Buddy from the movie Air Bud; Comet from the TV sitcom Full House; Shadow from the movie Homeward Bound; The Incredible Journey; Duke from Bush’s Baked Beans commercials; and Liberty, who was owned by President Gerald Ford.
The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland at the highland estate of Lord Tweedmouth. The Flat-Coat Retriever, the Tweed Water Spaniel, and the Irish Setter were a few of the original descendants of the Golden Retriever. Lord Tweedmouth was trying to produce a dog that would be an excellent scent hunter, a retriever, and also be loyal and even-tempered in the house; and he accomplished just that. Lord Tweedmouth was especially partial to yellow dogs and gave most of the other colored dogs away, hence why they come only in shades of gold. They were officially recognized as their own distinct breed in 1920.
Goldens usually weigh between 50 to 80 pounds and stand approximately 21 to 24 inches high. They are a strong medium to large sized dog with a well-proportioned body. They are especially known for their long and silky coat, which comes in colors of light golden, golden and dark golden.
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Give your Golden Retriever puppy plenty of mental and physical activity and he'll grow up to be the best friend you ever had. This intelligent breed is beloved for their devotion, working ability and playfulness. The Golden's temperament makes him a great guide dog, search-and-rescue assistant and hunting companion. With lots of exercise and a good brushing a few times a week, your Golden Retriever will be a handsome, loving and joyful addition to the family.
- Personality: Intelligent, friendly, and devoted.
- Energy Level: Very Active; this dog is active and energetic, and needs daily exercise.
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: Yes
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
- Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
HISTORY & JOB:
· Origin: Scotland
· Year Recognized: 1925
· Breed History & Job Description: Golden Retrievers were developed in the Scottish Highlands over 100 years ago by a man whose name was Lord Tweedmouth (seriously). Lord Tweedmouth wanted to create a breed that was perfect for the rainy climate and rugged terrain of the area, so he crossed his “Yellow Retriever” with a breed that is now extinct, the Tweed Water Spaniel. Irish Setter and Bloodhound were also added to the mix. Though they were bred for hunting, they can happily adapt to many different living situations.
Golden Retrievers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Golden Retrievers are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Elbow Evaluation
- Cardiac Exam
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation