Golden Retrievers are likely one of the most beloved dog breeds in the world, and for good reason. These fluffy, double-coated golden sweethearts have charmed dog lovers ever since the mid-19th century.
This breed has a fun-loving, playful personality that meshes well with almost any family. A Golden Retriever puppy can be slow to mature, retaining their youthful playfulness well into the second year of their life.
However, these dogs aren’t all about play – they also excel at working for their keep. They were bred to be gundogs, and take their duties very seriously.
Height51 to 61 cm at the shoulder
Weight55 to 75 pounds
Life Expectancy10 to 12 years
Coat ColoursGolden, dark golden, light golden
Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Golden Retriever, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your Golden Retriever may not display exactly the same characteristics.
The development of the Golden Retriever can be credited to one man, Lord Tweedmouth, in the Scottish Highlands. He originally bought the sole golden-haired puppy from a litter of black retrievers. This puppy, named Nous, would end up being crossbred with a Tweed Water Spaniel, creating the basis for the Golden Retriever.
Over the succeeding generations, Lord Tweedmouth would strive to create a hardy, hardworking dog that could thrive in the harsh environment of the Scottish Highlands.
Modern Golden Retrievers aren’t quite as specialised in their purpose and generally require a little less exercise and adventure compared to Lord Tweedmouth’s dogs, but that’s perfectly fine for most families. They continue to be a favourite breed of active owners and families looking for a gentle, calm companion with a heart of gold.
Ensure that your breeder is responsible and is part of a breeding organisation which regulates breeding practices. Buying a Golden Retriever puppy from one of these breeders will give you peace of mind that your dog will be tested and cleared of any hereditary conditions.
When looking for a Golden Retriever for sale, pay a visit to the breeder and find out their breeding values. It’s also good to meet the dam and stud so that you can more accurately gauge how the puppies will turn out as adults.
If you’re trying to find rare colour variants, such as a red Golden Retriever puppy, it’s even more important to find an ethical breeder.
While they are calm and good-natured, they require the company of their owners and family members. They dislike being left alone for long periods, and may develop separation anxiety or negative behaviours if they do not get enough attention.
Yes, they are remarkably intuitive and sensitive dogs, as well as being incredibly intelligent. They excel at being service dogs, therapy dogs, and all-around working dogs.
The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.
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