There is so much to love about the Golden Retriever. These beautiful Scottish gundogs are powerful yet always retain a puppyish look. They’re a perennially popular breed among American dog owners thanks to their happy disposition and strong sense of devotion. One look into those kind, soulful, and loving eyes, and you’ll be smitten!
Country of Origin
Male 23-24 In
Female 20-22 In
Male 65-75 Ib
Female 55-65 Ib
In a Nutshell
Their friendly and tolerant attitude makes Golden Retrievers great family pets, and their intelligence makes them highly capable working dogs. They excel at retrieving game for hunters, tracking, sniffing out contraband for law enforcement, and as therapy and service dogs. They’re also natural athletes and do well in dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience.
These dogs are fairly easy to train and get along in just about any home or family. They’re great with kids and very protective of their humans. If you want a loyal, loving, and smart companion, then you should consider adopting one of these pups into your pack.
Life With a Golden Retriever
Amount of Shedding
Tendency of Barking
Apartment will do
Looks & Personality
The Golden Retriever’s coat comes in cream and various shades of golden. Their physique can vary from broad and dense to leaner and sportier. Their standout features are a broad head, short ears, straight muzzle, smooth and powerful gait, and rich, lustrous golden coat.
Thanks to their breeding as hunting and waterfowl-retrieving dogs in the Scottish Highlands, their outer coat is dense and repels water. They also have a thick undercoat. Both coats can vary in texture from wavy to straight. Heavy feathering appears on their chest, the backs of their legs, and their tail. Lovers of the breed say the Golden Retriever carries his or her tail with a “merry action.”
Take note, Goldens shed quite a lot and require regular brushing. Get ready to break out the lint roller and use it just about everywhere. If you hate the hassle of regular vacuuming or suffer from allergies, you’ll want to think twice before welcoming a Golden into your home. Your neighbors are unlikely to mind living close to a Golden Retriever. The breed rarely barks, occasionally vocalizing to sound an alert or in response to unfamiliar stimuli.
As for the Golden Retriever’s personality, new owners can expect a friend for life. These dogs are the perfect family pet as they are outgoing, playful, and gentle. They are affectionate to one and all, even other pets and young kids. They love to play, play, play, so make sure you’re up to meeting their exercise needs. Like most Sporting Group dogs, Goldens need at least an hour of vigorous daily exercise. Adult dogs make great companions on long runs and bike rides. Consult a vet before starting strenuous or high-impact activities that might put stress on a dog’s bones and joints during their first two years. Many Goldens happily get their exercise on hunting trips or at field trials and by participating in canine sports such as agility, obedience, and tracking.
A tip from a vet
A tip from a trainer
Did You Know
Tucker Budzyn is currently among the most recognized Golden Retriever on the Internet, with more than 3 million followers across YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
The Golden Retriever’s loving, affectionate disposition makes the breed an ideal choice as a therapy and emotional support animal.
You know all that exuberant behavior? That tends to last longer in Golden retrievers than other breeds. They mature slowly and can be playful and silly into adulthood.
In The News
Famous Golden Retriever Owners
The History Behind the Breed
If a Golden Retriever Could Talk…
A Quick Anatomy Lesson
Golden Retrievers are usually healthy dogs that live for 10–12 years. However, due to poor breeding, some Golden Retrievers may have allergies, heart disease, eye issues, hip dysplasia and cancer.
Common Health Problems
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