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Golden Retriever

Size: Large

Weight: 55 - 75 lbs.

Height: 21.5" - 24"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Hip and elbow dysplasia; cataracts; hot spots; hypothyroidism; lymphoma; subaortic stenosis. Be sure to obtain your Golden Retriever from a reputable breeder in order to avoid behavioral and health problems.

Origin: England (1800s)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

Golden Retrievers need several walks per day and enjoy interacting with other dogs. They also enjoy swimming and playing fetch. Although a fenced yard is appreciated, the Golden Retriever can adapt to city living if provided with enough exercise.

Grooming Needs

Golden Retrievers tend to be heavy shedders and will need brushing several times per week.


The Golden Retriever is known to be a devoted, loyal and affectionate family dog that thrives on human companionship. This is an enthusiastic breed, lack of mental and physical exercise can lead to behavioral problems. The Golden Retriever is a sweet, playful dog that loves children and other animals. They tend to bark at strangers, although as a greeting rather than a warning.

Compatibility with Kids

Golden Retrievers are extremely people-oriented and love children.


Lord Tweedmouth is credited for developing the Golden Retriever. His efforts are one of the most well-documented breeding efforts ever recorded. Bred to be good fetchers and retrievers, Golden Retrievers were recognized by the AKC in 1927.

Pet Facts

Due to its intelligence and good nature, the Golden Retriever is often used as a therapy dog and companion for the physically challenged and visually impaired.

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