At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 55 - 75 lbs.

Height: 21.5" - 24"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Golden Retriever

Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Sporting

Origin: England (1800s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
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.

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


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