Thinking about purchasing an Golden Retriever? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Golden Retriever breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Golden Retriever owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Golden Retriever and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Golden Retriever Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Golden Retriever and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Golden Retriever Profile
Golden Retrievers are among the most popular breeds in America, and for good reason. They are powerful, active dogs, sound and well balanced. Golden Retrievers possess a personality that is eager, alert and self-confident. A Golden Retriever is an ideal sportsman's companion, family pet, gundog, guide or service dog. Gentle with children, they enjoy the endless attention that children provide, as well as a high tolerance for children who are not so well-behaved.. Golden Retrievers love to swim and should be allowed to do so whenever possible. Though they will adapt well to a kennel environment, they prefer human companionship and are not happy in solitude. Golden Retrievers delight in learning and in pleasing their owners, and are known to have an incredibly affable personality. They do not do well as guard dogs, however large they are, because they are more likely to wag a tail than bare any teeth. Golden Retrievers are trustworthy, reliable dogs that have been bred for several different specific reasons, resulting in several lines of dogs meant for their specific duty. Some of these lines are bred for either retrieving and field skills, guides for the blind, or show dogs with family personalities. All are developed for their specific characteristics. Golden Retrievers are large dogs, from light pale yellow to burning golden sunset colors. They have generally flat or wavy fur that is medium length, furnishing featherings on the legs, chest, and underbelly. They are handsome dogs not only in appearance, but in personality alike.
Type: Gun Dog
Other Names: Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat
20 - 22 inches; Males: 22 - 24 inches.
Colors: Any shades
of golden or cream; from pale yellow to burning orange-gold. But neither red
Retrievers are responsive, alert, well-mannered, and very playful. They do very
well with children and offer a high tolerance of them. They are rarely ever
snappy, although some lines of Goldens may be snappy due to poor breeding. Always
check the pedigree and the parents of the Golden Retriever you are considering
purchasing. Golden Retrievers are also kind, affectionate and love to be in
your attention. They are easily trained, very intelligent, and easygoing. They
make pleasant indoor or outdoor pets. They have quick reflexes, an intense desire
to please, but are not good guard dogs. They do well with other pets, and get
along with everyone.
Golden Retriever Care and Training:
Golden Retrievers shed a fair amount and should be groomed weekly
with a firm bristle brush or comb. They should receive a few grooming sessions
in the Spring, as that is their time to shed. Bathe as needed. Golden Retrievers
need long daily walks and the opportunity to run freely, as they tend to become
pudgy if not well exercised. They are eager to attend any activity you may have
for them. They train easily, as they are eager to please.
Activity: Medium - High.
Inside they can be calm and relaxed, outside they can become active and very
Golden Retriever Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and epilepsy. Due to the popularity of the breed, some have been inbred and have increased the risk of inherited diseases such as skin diseases, cancer, ectropion (extroverted eyelids), entropion (inverted eyelids), and heart disease.
Life Span: 10 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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