Because golden retrievers are easy to please, they respond positively to obedience training. They complement this trait by being playful, affectionate and even-tempered.
Golden retrievers are very versatile. They’re known as bird dogs, family pets, service dogs for the disabled, and search and rescue dogs.
Male: 65-75 lbs.
Female: 55-65 lbs.
Height at Withers:
Male: 24 in.
Female: 22 in.
Floppy ears (naturally)
Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Average
Longevity Range: 10-13 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: Low
Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Moderate
Tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: High
Colors: Golden of various shades
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate
AKC Classification: Sporting
UKC Classification: Gun Dog
Golden retriever males are 23 to 24 inches tall and weigh about 65 to 75 pounds (29 to 32 kilograms). Females are about 21 to 22 inches tall and weigh about 55 to 65 pounds (25 to 29 kilograms).
The golden retriever has a water-repellent coat that is wavy or flat and gold to cream in
The dog's head is strong and broad. The ears are not very large, but they sit high on the head and hang just below the
The golden retriever is even-tempered, intelligent and affectionate. Golden retrievers are playful, yet gentle with children, and they tend to get along well with other pets and strangers.
These dogs are eager to please, which probably explains why they respond so well to obedience training and are such popular service dogs. They also like to work, whether it involves hunting birds or fetching their guardian's
Golden retrievers are not often barkers, and they lack guard instincts, so do not count on them to make good watchdogs. However, some golden retrievers will let you know when strangers are approaching.
This breed likes to be active. Remember, golden retrievers are bird dogs at heart, so they love a good game of fetch or a swim. If exercise is provided daily, golden retrievers can adapt to any type of home, even if it is a city apartment.
Golden retrievers are considered average shedders. Brushing about once weekly will keep the coat looking nice.
In 1999, the golden retriever was the second most popular AKC breed. This ranking is no
The golden retriever was bred to be a bird dog, particularly for hunting
Today, golden retrievers are not only good bird dogs and family pets; they also are popular as service dogs for the blind and disabled, and as search and rescue dogs and contraband detection dogs. Few dogs can claim this breed's versatility.