All About Golden Retrievers

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The Golden Retriever originated in the Scottish Highlands in the 1800’s where hunting was not only a revered sport, but a necessary way to find food. Lord Tweedmouth developed the Golden Retriever on his estate because he wanted a dog that could effectively hunt game in and out of the water, while maneuvering the rugged terrains of Scotland. He bred his Yellow Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct) to create a superb hunting dog. Later on, the Irish Setter, Bloodhound, and more Water Spaniel breeds were cross-bred to create the Golden Retriever most people are familiar with today.

Golden Retriever Appearance

The Golden Retriever is a mid-sized sporting dog. The males are typically 23 to 24 inches in height, and weigh 65 to 80 pounds. Female Golden Retrievers are 21 to 22 inches in height, and weigh 55 to 65 pounds. The Golden Retriever’s mid-length, dense, water-repellent coat can be various shades of golden, and either strait, or slightly wavy. The coat sheds seasonally, so it needs to be brushed regularly to maintain its beauty and shine.

Genetic Health Conditions

If Golden Retrievers are cared for properly, these dogs can have a lifespan of up to 12 years – sometimes longer. Unfortunately, the popularity of these canines leads many breeders and puppy mills to be careless with their breeding practices. This puts many Golden Retrievers at risk for a multitude of health conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia, several types of cancer, skin allergies, cataracts, heart defects, hemophilia, and glaucoma.

Golden Retriever Characteristics

Well-bred Golden Retrievers are easy to train, and have great attitudes about life. Golden retrievers are intelligent, eager to please, patient, hardworking, loyal, mild tempered, and obedient.

The admirable characteristics of Golden retrievers make this breed of dog highly sought after in various industries of service. They can be used as therapy dogs, on search and rescue teams, and as assistance dogs for the disabled. The gentle nature of Golden Retrievers also makes them excellent pets for families with children.

8 Great Things That Make Us Love Golden Retrievers More

Just when you thought you couldn’t love them any more, a new YouTube video emerges, or you see a cute puppy photo, or someone posts their faithful golden retriever picture online, and you melt with love again!

It’s no surprise then, that golden retrievers are some of the most popular pets in the world. In fact, they are the third most popular dog in the country, according to the American Kennel Club.

So, what makes this faithful canine man’s best friend? Need you ask – here’s a bunch of reasons why!

1. Great for Families. Not all dogs are born equal, and some make better family pets than others. But when it comes to the golden retriever, their happy-go-lucky personalities and fierce loyalty make them the perfect family dog. While they make lousy guard dogs, this fun-loving breed dotes on affection and plenty of hugs. Tolerant of younger children, they are kind to kids and strangers alike. Always panting by your side, this companion is a welcome extension to any family.

2. Lots of Fun. Cuteness alert! If you want a dog that you can have plenty of fun with, and doesn’t mind dress-up and play, then you’re on to a winner with a Retriever. Known for their goofball ways, they are tolerant of being dressed up, dragged around (in a kind way) and just having fun! Acquiring a growing fan base, Bailey the Golden Retriever is just one celebrity pup that is known for his outrageous outfits and fun nature.

3. They REALLY Love You! Those cute puppy dog eyes, their sweet expressions and warm embrace, there’s no denying that the golden retriever is one of the most affectionate dog breeds known to man. They love you SO much that you might even hear them howl when you leave home without them. Now that’s loyal.

TV personality Jimmy Fallon, who owns a retriever called Gary, admitted in a recent interview that: “It’s companionship. It’s so much love. It’s unconditional love.”

4. They offer Therapy Assistance. Not just any dog can offer therapy support. It takes a breed with good manners, people skills and a loving nature to be able to spend time with others in less fortunate environments. With all of these characteristics in abundance, golden retrievers are among some of the most popular therapy dogs in the field, bringing joy to everyone they meet.

5. They’re Super Smart. According to various sources, golden retrievers are in the top five most intelligent dogs in the world. As one of the brightest dogs in its category, they're able to learn new commands and obey owners more than many other breeds. Ahh, what’s not to love!

6. They Win Awards. All that agility, flair and energy make golden retrievers ideal for dog competitions and grooming awards. Penny, a one-eyed golden retriever from Silver Spring, Maryland beat 10,000 dogs to win People’s Worlds’ Cutest Rescue Dog Contest.

While, back in 2013, Charlie, an Australian Golden set a new Guinness World Record for the loudest bark, measuring at 113.1 decibels.

7. Active but Manageable. Loaded with personality and lots of energy, the lovable retriever of course needs daily exercise and enjoys walking. But they will go at your pace too. They'll happily walk or run alongside you, often fitting seamlessly into your morning workout routine. They're as happy at fetching as stick as they are taking a hike in the canyons, so don’t hesitate to take them along — they hate feeling left out!

8. Fetch is their favorite game. Proving that simpler is sometimes better, it doesn’t take much to keep this low-maintenance dog happy. Nope, in fact it just takes a ball, stick or squeaky toy and they’re in puppy heaven! More than just a way of keeping them entertained, playing fetch with your dog is one of the best way to obedience train them, as well as strengthen that special bond.