Golden Retrievers are a powerful, active dog, sound and well balanced. An ideal sportman's companion, family pet, guide or service dog. Gentle with children, they enjoy the endless attention children provide. Goldens love to swim and should be allowed to do so whenever possible. Though he will adapt well to a kennel environment, he prefers human companionship and is not happy in solitude.
Weight: 60 -80 lbs
Height: 20 - 24 inches
Colors: Any shades of gold or cream.
Coat: Flat or wavy with good feathering, dense, water-resistant undercoat.
Temperment: Golden Retrievers are responsive, alert, well-mannered and playful
With Children: Yes, usually do well with children, best if supervised with younger children as they can be pushy with their affection.
With Pets: Yes, good with other pets
Care and Training: Golden Retrievers shed a fair amount and should be groomed weekly with a firm bristle brush or comb. Bath as needed. Golden Retrievers needs long daily walks and the opportunity to run freely.
Learning Rate: Very High, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - Medium.
Activity: Medium to High
Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard is essential either in the country or city for the Golden Retriever as they will adjust to either environment as long as daily exercise is given. Golden Retriever do not do w
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, hereditary cataract and epilepsy.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years
Litter Size: 6 - 10
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: It is said that Lord Tweedmouth saw a troupe of eight Russian sheepdogs performing in a circus in the seaside resort of Brighton in England. He was so impressed that following the show purchased all eight dogs. The Golden Retrievers history is then documented by handwritten records of Lord Tweedmouth. In 1868, Lord Tweedmouth mated a Tweed Water Spaniel to a yellow retriever and this resulted in the foundation of the definitive yellow breed now known as the Golden Retriever. In 1881 Lord Tweedmouth's son took two yellow retrievers with them to their family's Texas ranch. First Registered by the AKC: 1925, AKC Group: Sporting Group, Class: Gundog Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 8), KC (GB), UKC
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