Calm, loving, obedient, intelligent. The Golden Retriever is a dog who has it all! One of the most popular breeds and most recognizable thanks to it’s namesake golden coat of fur, the Golden Retriever is a relatively new breed, being accepted by The Kennel Club in 1903.

Originally bred for hunting, the mild mannered and happy Golden Retriever has become a member of the family all over the world. Let’s learn more about this iconic dog!

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Golden Retriever, Weight, and Health

Golden Retrievers are medium to medium-large dogs, but what does that mean? Most Golden Retrievers grow between 22-24 inches tall and weigh between 55-75 pounds when fully grown.

Golden Retrievers are generally healthy dogs with few chronic health concerns. Regular check-ups with the veterinarian are always recommended, and a regular check of the Golden’s ears to make sure they are free from infection. However, a healthy Golden Retriever can live between 10-12 years.

Temperament of Golden Retrievers

The friendly nature of a Golden Retriever is somewhat famous. Equally as likely to greet you or the mailman with a happy face and wagging tail, Golden Retrievers do not make good guard dogs. Golden Retrievers are eager to please, showing kindness to all members of the family, including other pets.

In addition to their loving nature, Golden Retrievers are highly intelligent. Bred for hunting, Golden Retrievers love to be a part of the action, whether it’s playing with the kids or keeping you company on a long run or hike. Outgoing, loyal and eager to please, the Golden Retriever aims to be man’s best friend.

Activity Level of Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers love to be active, and will be eager to join in on any family activity or outdoor exercise. The Golden Retriever is very good at staying still and by its owners side for long periods of time, a trait from its hunting origins, but the Golden Retriever loves to move and play!

Caring for Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers love to eat, and they are not picky! It’s hard to deny that lovable face a treat or table scraps, but to keep a Golden Retriever in good health one must resist temptation.

The identifying characteristic of a Golden Retriever, it’s beautiful coat of fur, requires somewhat regular care. The Golden Retriever typically sheds somewhat regularly, but more in warmer months. Frequent grooming and brushing can help keep a Golden’s coat healthy, and the fur off of the furniture.

With plenty of attention, play time, and affection, a Golden Retriever will quickly become an inseparable member of the family!