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Probably one of the most recognisable and best loved dogs, the Golden Retriever is known for their lustrous, medium-length golden coat and ever-wagging tail. This large retriever has a friendly expression with perfect symmetry and superb, flowing movement covering the ground with long, powerful strides. 

The Golden Retriever is a gentle dog with a level disposition, and usually adapts well to family life. They love to be involved in all matters, whether indoors or outdoors. They are foremost a retriever and will attempt to drag, pull or carry anything they can fit into their mouths. They also love water and care should be taken to ensure their safety when any form of water is nearby. Golden Retrievers are, however, worriers, and great care should be taken during training, ensuring sensitivity is maintained at all times.

As long as they have been introduced to cats and other furries as a puppy, they will happily live with all other household animals.

The Golden Retriever will suit an owner or family who are active and love the great outdoors, and who want a friendly trainable large dog who needs lots of exercise and will join in with all activities with joy – and love everyone.

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Children friendly

A golden retriever is gentle with kids and other animals. A golden retriever is loyal to his family. A golden retriever is eager to please his owners, making him easier to train.

Hate to be alone

If you want an outdoor dog who can be left alone for long periods, the golden retriever is not the breed for you.

Excellent housekeeper

Golden Retrievers can make excellent guard dogs. They are large, protective and smart enough to guard your home and your family with minimal training at times. This is largely due to their obedient and loyal nature.

Exercise

Plenty of exercise is required for this high energy dog. The amiable Golden is one of the most popular dog breeds.

51–61cm
10–12 years
27–34kg

Personality

The Golden Retriever is very noble, self-confident, sensitive, intelligent, and adaptable. They are one of the world’s most popular pets and make great companions. Golden Retrievers are sturdy, strong, and kind, known for their adeptness at hunting and their strength of character. Golden Retrievers bark infrequently, but do bark when startled, making them poor guard dogs.

Health

As with many breeds, The Golden Retriever can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Care

The Golden Retriever requires regular grooming with a brush and comb at least twice a week. The ears should always be kept clean. The Golden Retriever should not be kept outdoors. If they are left alone frequently or for extended periods of time, they will become unhappy and mischievous. Skin allergies may occur, and should be examined by a veterinarian immediately. Golden Retrievers live 10-12 years.

Feeding

large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. The Golden Retriever is prone to bloating and stomach problems; smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

Because of the density of the coat, Golden Retrievers must be regularly groomed. The undercoat, because of its water-repellent nature, is extremely thick and must not be allowed to mat, causing unnecessary suffering to the animal. Whilst the length of the coat attracts water and mud, this is easily cleaned off once the coat has dried.