Laurie & Bentley, Westminster Dog Show
Is this the Right Breed for You?
This is an active and energetic Sporting dog. It can adapt to many different living situations but requires daily exercise.
Their water-repellant double-coat will shed extensively and needs regular brushing and scheduled groomings.
With his friendly temperament and striking golden color, this breed is beautiful to look at and a joy to own; but, requires good nutrition to keep the body & coat healthy, plus proper training, socialization and lots of your personal time and attention.
Bred to retrieve, it is orrally fixated. That means Goldens will find, chew-up, carry-off or swallow almost anything in your home or yard. Goldens can exhibit puppy like behavior until they are 5 years old, or more... Constant supervision will lower your vet costs and protect your property.
Here's a little anacdote from the Golden Retrieve Club of America titled: Hi! I'm a Golden Retriever.
Golden Retrievers are ranked the third most popular breed in the USA by the AKC as of 2018.
This is based on AKC registration statistics which report a move up from fourth place in 2012.
Goldens have very high intelligence and an "eager to please" attitude. The working ability that has made the Golden Retriever a sought after hunting companion also makes him an ideal guide, assistance or search and rescue dog. Their golden-colored coat is the hallmark of this versatile breed. The color can range from light to dark gold.
AKC classifies the Golden in the Sporting Group.
HISTORY (from the AKC):
The Golden Retriever originated in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800's and was used predominantly for hunting.
The breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth, whose goal was to create a superb retriever suited to the Scottish climate, terrain and available game.
He crossed his original "Yellow Retriever" with the Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct) found on his estate. Later integrations of Irish Setter, Bloodhound, and more Tweed Water Spaniel produced the retriever we know today.
Goldens were recognized by the AKC and included in the Sporting Group in 1925.
They are Devoted companions and hunting dogs.
The AKC Breed Standard describes the average size of a Golden is between 55 to 75 pounds.
Females are typically 55 to 65 pounds
Males are typically 65 to 75 pounds
Note on weight: (Age & Weight Chart)
Some Golden owners think bigger is better. Fact is, an overweight or oversized dog (90 to 100 or more lbs.) can become generally unhealthy. The extra weight adds pressure on joints, particulary the hips & elbows, and is not correct for this breed.
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