golden retriever swimming with stickGolden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a friendly, loving and gentle dog that can be the perfect furry member for a family. They are good with children and other pets.

As intelligent dogs, they are easy to train to be service dogs, search and rescue dogs, sniffing dogs and hunting dogs.


The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland in the late 19th century. Breeding of a  Yellow Retriever and a Tweed Water Spaniel is the basis of the Golden Retriever.

The Golden Retriever Club was formed in the UK in 1913 and the Golden Retriever
Club in the UK was formed in 1913. The dog breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 and the American Golden Retriever Club was formed.


They are members of the American Kennel Club’s working group and can use their sense of smell and tracking on search and rescue missions. Some receive training to be therapy dogs and service dogs.


Golden Retrievers are medium to large dogs that can be 22 to 24 inches at the shoulder and they can weigh 55 to 75 pounds.


Golden Retrievers are medium to large dogs that can be one of three colors. The colors are dark golden, golden, and light golden. There are no standard markings on a Golden Retriever.


An intelligent and even-tempered dog, the Golden Retriever is affectionate, playful and gentle. They are friendly and good with children and other animals.

They don’t bark very often and don’t make good guard dogs. Their instincts are to be friendly and caring, not guarding.

The Golden Retriever likes to chew which is not surprising since they are retrievers and like to have something in their mouth. A variety of chew toys are necessary for this dog breed.

2 golden retrievers sittingEnergy

Golden Retrievers will need a moderate amount of exercise. A game of fetch is perfect for the Golden Retriever as they like to retrieve.

They love to go swimming in the water and play a game of fetch in the water. Swimming is good exercise that they will enjoy, just make sure their coat dries completely to prevent hot spots from forming.


The lifespan of a Golden Retriever is around 10 to 13 years. They are prone to several health issues including mast cell tumors, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, eye defects, heart issues and skin allergies.


Their coat is medium in length and hangs straight or slightly wavy. They shed moderately and will need brushing two to three times a week to help keep shedding under control and the coat free of tangles.

Other Grooming

They will need you to brush their teeth, trim their nails and clean their ears. After swimming, be sure their coat fully dries to keep hot spots away. Water can get trapped in the coat and cause a hot spot.


Golden Retrievers are smart dogs that learn very fast and they love to please their owners. Being eager to please, training can be enjoyable with a Golden Retriever.

Separation Anxiety

Most Golden Retrievers will be fine when left alone for 6 to 8 hours. If you will be away from home for a longer period of time, you can get a dog walker to spend some time with your dog and take them for a walk.

golden retriever puppy laying downRescue

To find a Golden Retriever rescue organization in your area, you can enter “Golden Retriever Rescue” into a search engine such as Google. You can also search including your zip code by entering “Golden Retriever Rescue + zip code”, replacing zip code with your actual zip code.

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