Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is aptly named “retriever” due to its ability to retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds undamaged. It is a large-sized breed of dog with a friendly attitude that makes him an ideal family pet. His intelligence makes him an ideal hunting dog.

Golden Retriever’s are considered a long-coated breed, with a dense inner coat that provides them with adequate warmth in the outdoors, and an outer coat that lies flat against their bodies and repels water.  They are a natural athlete and do well in dog sports and agility competitions. Due to their temperament they need substantial outdoor exercise. They shed intensely and require fairly regular grooming

Please don't consider owning a Golden Retriever unless you're willing to have him live in your house with you and your family. They are a very active dog and enjoy being with their “pack.”  If you would like to see more Golden Retriever Images or info where you can go through a Golden Retriever Rescue please continue reading.  Everyone loves puppies and Golden’s are no different, but please consider going through a Rescue to get the dog that would suit your family best.



History

In the early 1800s, game was plentiful in England and Scotland, which led to the creation of the Golden Retriever.  During this time hunting was both a sport and still a way to get food.  The existing retriever breeds were inadequate for retrieving downed game from both water and land. Retrieving from both land and water was necessary because the hunting grounds of the time were laced with marshy ponds and rivers. Due to this demand a yellow-colored retriever was crossed with a tweed water spaniel. This created a litter of puppies that included four pups and put us on the path to establishing the current Golden Retriever.


Size

This is certainly just an average, but Males typically mature at 23 to 24 inches tall and weigh 65 to 75 pounds. Females typically at  21.5 to 22.5 inches tall and 55 to 65 pounds. Golden Retrievers typically reach their full height by one year of age, and their mature weight by two.


Personality

The temperament and personality of the Golden Retriever are truly the hallmark of the breed. They are kindly, friendly and confident. Golden Retrievers are great family pets, they love to be a member of the “pack,” and are great with children. Due to their friendly nature, they don’t make great guard dogs. They will very rarely show aggressive traits. The typical Golden Retriever is calm, naturally intelligent and with an exceptional eagerness to please. Golden Retrievers are also noted for their intelligence, they are known as one of the brightest dogs ranked by obedience-command trainability.

Golden Retrievers have a natural love for water and boats and are typically easily trainable. Like most dogs, they respond very well to positive and upbeat. Due to their ability to be easily trained, sociability towards people, calmness, and willingness to learn, are commonly used as guide dogs, mobility assistance dogs, and search and rescue dogs.  Before finding a breeder to get a Golden Retriever Puppy we highly recommend looking for Golden Retriever Rescue near you.


Health

Golden Retrievers suffer from some common health problems. These include Hip Dysplasia, Cancer, and Cataracts. If you are going to buy a Golden Retriever puppy we recommend you to go through a reputable breeder, but we of course encourage you to search out the nearest Golden Retriever Rescue near you.


Care

Golden Retrievers are built for extreme action and love the outdoors and water .If you like to hike or jog, your Golden will love to go along. Goldens love to retrieve, so throwing a ball in the yard is something you should plan to do daily. Most behavior problems are tied to a lack of exercise so plan on being very active with your new dog. If you do get a Golden Retriever Puppy, be sure and not exercise them too hard via running at your side, etc. until they are at least one year old. This gives their body’s time to grow and mature.


Rescue

Here is a link to a Golden Retriever Rescue Group. Please check your local area for rescues close to you: http://www.grca-nrc.org/


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