Golden Retriever

Breed Group: Sporting
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Overview
The Golden Retriever was developed in Britain during the 1800's. The man responsible for this illustrious breed, Lord Tweedmouth, wanted a dog that was loyal, kind, spirited, and energetic. He also wanted a dog with a love for water and the ability to retrieve. Golden Retrievers are the embodiment of beauty and brains.

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Character
The Golden Retriever is a gorgeous, large, and energetic breed. They are the world's foremost family pet and companion. They are sturdy, well proportioned, and are well known for their hunting capabilities on land and in the water. The Golden is perceptive and agile.

Does your Golden Retriever bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
Golden Retrievers are loveable, polite, and highly intelligent. They exude charm and confidence. They are sweet, eager to please, and devoted family companions. They do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time or they will become mischievous and destructive. They have a tendency to be overly exuberant and distractible. They are always gentle and patient with children. They are friendly with other pets. In fact, they are friendly with everyone. They tend to bark as a form of greeting. The Golden Retriever is not well suited for a two career family as they require an inordinate amount of human interaction and companionship.
Care
The Golden Retriever requires daily and thorough brushing with a firm bristle brush. They should be dry shampooed regularly, and bathed only when absolutely necessary with a mild shampoo. They are prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, and skin allergies. It is important to not over feed the Golden Retriever, as they have a tendency to gain weight.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Golden Retriever has a double coat that is water repellent and weather resistant. The outer coat is firm, resilient, and can be wavy or straight. The tail and legs are feathered with longer hair. The under coat is dense and soft in texture. The coat color is rich, lustrous, and varies in shades of cream to gold. The Golden is a heavy shedder.
Training
The Golden Retriever is one of the easiest breeds to train. They excel in obedience and are popular therapy and service dogs. They have many talents including competitive obedience, narcotic detection, agility, and performing tricks. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Golden Retriever puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Golden Retriever requires daily exercise. They enjoy play sessions with their family, retrieving balls and other toys. They will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are sufficiently exercised. Golden Retrievers are moderately active indoors and does best with a medium to large sized securely fenced yard. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 65-75; Female: 55-65 lbs
Height
Male: 23-24; Female: 21.5-22.5 inches
Color(s)
various shades of gold

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Golden Retriever Questions

Is it likely that a Golden Retriever will raise an alarm or otherwise protect kids in the yard if a bear is near? Would a Labrador behave differently? Serious question from Alaska.

Answer:
Both the Golden Retriever and the Labrador are great family pets. They are naturally gentle with children and enjoy being around their families. Both breeds have a loyalty streak that you can count on. Both will most likely react the same, so neither one is better than the other when it comes to protection and alerting to a bear. But understand that every dog is different, and if you have a shy or reserved dog, they might not feel confident enough to raise an alarm or protect the way you want him/her too.

Are Golden Retrievers good farm dogs?

Answer:
That would all depend as to what you are thinking is a farm dog. The Golden Retriever is a great breed to live on a farm, as long as the dog is still a part of the family and gets social interactions, exercise and attention. They do not have herding instincts, they would not do as a working farm dog. But an all around great companion on the farm, yes this breed would do very well.

How old will a Golden Retriever be when he attains is adult size?

Answer:
A Golden Retriever matures to his/her full adult size at a year and a half (18 months) of age.

Are Golden Retriever's good with kids?

Answer:
The Golden Retriever is known to be in the top 5 for dog breeds that are good with children. The breed is calm, loyal and easy going. Passive, but playful with children. But remember, that a dog is a dog and a dog deserves respect. So all interactions between a child and a dog/puppy should be supervised at all times. As well; a child should learn from an early stage that the dog is not something to tug on, tease or get rough with.

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