Golden Retriever Dog Breed Information

Golden Retriever Quick Facts
Golden Retriever
Breed Group: Sporting, Gun dog
Origen: Scottish Highlands
Nickname: Yellow Retriever
Weight: 55-80 lbs
Height: 21-24 inches
Color(s): various shades of gold


Golden Retriever Appearance

The Golden Retriever is a medium-large sized, strong, flexible cheerful dog that enjoys participating in many activities. Nowhere else in the world you will find such a devoted canine or a dedicated companion, always having a lot of energy when it comes to doing anything with people.

The Golden Retriever is Athletic. It has a wide head with small drop ears, brown eyes, and black or brownish black nose. The double coat has a soft, dense undercoat and a broad, straight or wavy outer coat in various shades of gold. The coat is shortest at the head, ears, paws and front of legs.

Golden Retriever Temperament

The Golden Retriever is everybody’s friend, known for his devoted and obedient nature as a family companion, but is also used for a variety of work, including hunting, search, rescue and assistant for persons with disabilities. Adult Golden Retrievers love to work, and have a keen ability to focus on a given task. They will seemingly work until collapse, so care should be taken to avoid overworking them.

Golden Retrievers are friendly, reliable, trustworthy, and they are also noted for their intelligence. They are particularly valued for their high level of sociability towards people, they are also renowned for their patience with children, calmness, and willingness to learn. However, their trusting, gentle disposition makes them a poor guard dog.

Is Golden Retriever the Right Dog Breed for You?

Their love for just about everyone makes Golden Retrievers poor watchdogs, but the good news is that they get on well with children, strangers, and other pets. They loves to eat! And usually suffer obesity, so you must watch how much you feed him. These dogs also have a tendency to chew, and therefore should be provided with appropriate toys so that your own belongings and furnishings don't suffer.

This active and energetic Sporting breed can adapt to many different living situations but requires daily exercise, They are moderately active indoors and will do fine in an apartment when providing sufficiently exercise, but make sure you have enough space as they can grow up to 90 pounds.

Golden Retriever Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Golden Retriever is around 10-12 years.

Golden Retriever Health problems

The Golden Retriever Major concerns are Cataracts, ectropion, entropion, skin problems (allergies, hot spots), ear infections, CHD (Coronary heart Disease), hip or elbow dysplasia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), lymphoma, seizures and hypothyroidism.

Golden Retriever Care and Grooming

The Golden Retriever needs to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, train or run alongside you. They also like to retrieve balls and other toys. Be sure to exercise this dog well to avoid hyper activity, and to keep him in shape.

Golden Retrievers do not require an extraordinary amount of grooming. Weekly coat brushing is recommended and trimming hair between pads of the feet and around the ears once a month. This lowers the risks of encountering a matted coat, hot spots, and infected ears. Dry shampoo regularly, but bathe only when necessary.

Golden Retriever Shedding

The Golden retriever is an average shedder and is not suited to those with allergies.