Golden Retriever

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Breed Group: Sporting
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Male: 65-75; Female: 55-65 lbs
Male: 23-24; Female: 21.5-22.5 inches
various shades of gold
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2019

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How much do Golden Retriever puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Golden Retriever varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Golden Retriever puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Golden Retrievers sold is $875.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Golden Retriever with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,100 upwards to $9,000 or even more for a Golden Retriever with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Golden Retrievers sold is $800.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $875.00
Average Price: $800.00
Top Quality: $2,100.00 to $9,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 24956 Golden Retriever puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Golden Retriever puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Golden Retrievers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Golden Retriever Names for 2019

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 24956 Golden Retriever dogs.
  • 1. Daisy
  • 2. Max
  • 3. Bella
  • 4. Buddy
  • 5. Ranger
  • 6. Hunter
  • 7. Champ
  • 8. Angel
  • 9. Tucker
  • 10. Duke
  • 11. Rex
  • 12. Princess
  • 13. Harley
  • 14. Ginger
  • 15. Honey
  • 16. Goldie
  • 17. Prince
  • 18. Rosie
  • 19. Buster
  • 20. Toby

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Halcyon Kennels
Member Since: October 2012
Location: South Coast, Massachusetts
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Halcyon Kennels is run by father and daughter- Peter and Bridget O'Donnell. Peter has owned and bred Golden since 1979. Bridget grew up helping him train dogs, whelping litters, and raising puppies. She is now studying to become a veterinarian at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Our breeding dogs are AKC registered and certified to be free of hip dysplasia. The puppies are always vet checked, vaccinated, and dewormed before they go home. They also have a health guarantee. Please visit our website for more details!

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Anonymous asked:
We just adopted a 4 yr old small female Golden Retriever. We introduced her to our Golden and Brittany 12 yrs old in a neutral setting. All seemed to be okay except for a low growl from the newcomer toward the older Golden. This has continued at home (3 days) and are wondering what the problem might be. Rose, the golden, is a very mellow older dog and can't understand why the new one is growling. Possibilities(??) would be the difference in size, jealousy, ??? Can you please help??

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It is perfect that you introduced the dogs on a neutral setting, that is the best thing. Golden's are not known for same-gender aggression very often, but it has come up with females now and again. The best thing to do is to supervise the interactions between the 4 year old and the 12 year old at all times. Praise both dogs when they are being calm. If the 4 year old does a low growl, stop the interaction and look to see what she may be growling at. It could be as simple as the older Golden looking at her when she is on a bed, or has a toy, something she feels protective of. Or it could be that the younger Golden had a bad interaction with an older Golden in the past that you are not aware of. Keep all interactions brief and use some really yummy treats to encourage good interactions between all three dogs.

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How big do Golden Retrievers get?

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The average Golden Retriever will be between 21 - 15 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh in between 55 - 75 lbs. Weight and height are all determined by the gender of the dog and the linage of the dog. Some lines of Retrievers are on the smaller scale, while others are on the larger scale.

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i'd like to do some upland bird and waterfowl hunting but primarily have a pet that is friendly and loyal. Does that rule out the Golden Retriever as I think they are a super dog?

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The Golden Retriever would be an excellent companion and working dog for you.

Anonymous asked:
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.



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.


As the owner and breeder of Golden’s when a bear entered our yard our male, two young females and one older female went on the attack. The females barked and gave chase along with the male. When the bear took a fighting stance on its hind legs and held their ground the male golden, Rusty, stood on his hind legs nose to nose with the bear. The bear backed Down, thank god, knowing it was out numbered when two more of our Golden’s showed up as back up. 6 to one was more than the bear bargained for. Yes, we caught it all on our security cameras.

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Are Golden Retrievers good farm dogs?

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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.

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Updated: 8/24/2019