Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever At a Glance

Country of Origin:

Great Britain

Breed Group:

AKC (Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); CKC (Sporting); FCI (Retrievers); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)


Large. Weight: Males 65–75 lbs; Females 55–70 lbs Height: Males 22–24 inches; Females 20–22.5 inches


Long and feathery.


Various shades of Golden; Also shades of Cream

Life Span:

10 to 12 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The Golden Retriever was originally created in the 1800s by crossing Flat Coated Retrievers with the now extinct Tweet Water Spaniels.

Golden Retriever Overview

The Golden Retriever is one of the most well-known and popular breeds of dog worldwide. The breed was originally created in the 1800s by crossing Flat Coated Retrievers with the now extinct Tweet Water Spaniels. Labradors and other water loving retrievers were also added to the mix to create the versatile, loving dog known today.


Golden Retriever Characteristics

The Golden Retriever features a mix of colors ranging from an almost white-gold to a deep setter red. They are known to be loyal, friendly and family pets, but also excel at retrieving game both in and out of the water. The Golden Retriever is also known for its characteristic “soft-mouth”, allowing the Golden to bring back game unharmed.


Golden Retriever Temperament

Golden Retrievers are sweet, loyal and loving dogs. They are very eager to please, making them easy to train. Their happy-go-lucky sweet natures also makes them an ideal family pet, especially with children. The Golden is happiest when in the company of his humans.



Golden Retriever Care

The average life span of a Golden Retriever is 10 to 12 years, typical for dogs their size. Like other Retrievers, they are prone to some genetic disorders such as hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. Subaortic stenosis, a narrowing of the valves in the heart, is also a genetic disorder, although much less common.


Golden Retriever Coat

The long, feathery coat of this breed should be brushed regularly to keep it shiny and free of mats. The coat is prone to shedding, so regular brushing will help to minimize it. The feathering on the legs and tail may be trimmed, but shaving is not recommended. Goldens may have a coat that is flatter like the Flat Coat, or may contain several curls throughout the body.


Golden Retriever Training

Golden Retrievers are one of the easiest to train dogs, due in part to their eagerness to please humans. While they may not pick up as many commands as the hyper-intelligent Border Collie, they very quickly pick up any task asked of them, and perform well in a variety of jobs. The Golden is happy working as a pet, service dog, or in the field.


Golden Retriever Activity

Exercise is beneficial to this dog breed, however he is happy exercising in any number of activities. Sports, agility, walks, jogs, hikes, anything is great as long as it includes the participation of a human. Goldens especially love games of fetch, or seeking out objects hidden in an area. Regular exercise and fun games will make the Golden Retriever a happy pet.


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