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This large retriever is known for its lush, medium length golden coat. He has a friendly appearance and is built perfectly symmetrically. He walks with long, powerful steps and makes a flowing movement. An adult male has a height of 56-61cm at the withers and weighs 30-34kg. An adult female is 51-56cm and 27-32kg.

What you need to know about this breed

  • Dog that is suitable for owners without experience
  • Extensive training required
  • Likes to go for active walks
  • Likes to walk one or two hours a day
  • Large dog
  • Drooling a little
  • Needs to be groomed every other day
  • Quiet dog
  • No watchdog
  • Gets along well with other pets

Most important data

Characteristics

Most important data

Life expectancy:10-12 years
Weight:27–34kg
Height:51–61cm
To colour:A Golden Retriever's coat can vary in shades from gold to cream.
Size:Big

Characteristics

Child-friendly:5/5
Need for exercise:5/5
Good to train:5/5
Can be alone:1/5
Social towards other animals:5/5
Energy Level:5/5
Care needs:4/5
Shedding:5/5

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Personality

The Golden Retriever is a friendly dog ​​with a stable character, which usually adapts well to family life. He likes to be involved in all activities, both indoors and outdoors. He is a real retriever and he will want to drag or carry anything that fits in his mouth. Furthermore, he loves water, so make sure it is safe when there is water nearby. However, the Golden Retriever is a worrier, and it is important that you handle his sensitive side carefully during training.

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Origin

Sir Dudley Marjoribanks (Lord Tweedmouth) loved the blonde color of retrievers and bought a dog named 'Nous' in Brighton, England, in 1865. He crossed this dog with a Tweedwater Spaniel bitch, a liver-colored retriever. Over the next twenty years he continued breeding, also using Labrador Retrievers, red Setters and possibly a few bloodhounds to add sense of smell and strength. This gave rise to the Golden Retriever. In 1908 the breed was registered as the Golden Flatcoat. In 1913 the name was changed to Golden or Yellow Retriever and in 1920 the breed was given the name it still has today.

The Golden Retriever can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders and hip and elbow dysplasia (an abnormality that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). It is important to look at the eye tests and hip scores before breeding.

An adult Golden Retriever needs a fair amount of exercise to keep him in top condition. As a puppy, he should not be given too much exercise to prevent problems with his bones and joints. A few hours of exercise a day is enough for a fit adult dog, but he likes to exercise more if given the chance!

Large breed dogs need to get a different ratio of vitamins and minerals from their diet than small dogs. They are also more prone to bloating and stomach problems. You can minimize the risk of this by offering smaller meals more often.

Because he has a dense coat, a Golden Retriever requires regular grooming. The undercoat is water-repellent and therefore extremely thick. Avoid getting mats in, as this is painful for the dog. Its long coat attracts dirt and mud easily, but once the coat is dry you can get it out quite easily.

Most dogs naturally get along well with children, but it is still important that dogs and children learn how to interact with each other in a respectful manner. Also make sure that there is always an adult nearby and always allow dogs and young children to play together under supervision.

Similar Breeds:

Labrador

Flat-Coated Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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