Golden Retriever

Group 3: Gun dogs
Height: 51 – 61cm

Energy Level:  Moderate (high when young)
Original Function: Retrieving
Lifespan: 10 – 14 yrs

Recommended for: Most people/families.

Golden Retriever

About This Breed

It is believed that Lord Tweedmouth in Scotland purchased the only yellow puppy that was born into a litter of black Flat Coated Retrievers. He then developed the breed with the aim of producing the lighter colour retriever, giving us the Golden Retriever.

They are a well-mannered, intelligent dog with great charm. They are easy to train but can tend to be big puppies sometimes. They are very good with children, which make them great family pets.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Medium sized body. Dark eyes & ears that hang to the side of the head. Thick well feathered long tail.

Temperament: Affectionate, Gentle, Biddable

Colour: Any shade of gold to cream.

Coat: Soft, wavy or flat.

Grooming: Regular brushing is needed to remove the constant shed of dead hairs. Bath when needed.

Exercise: they need quite a great deal of regular exercise, at least a long daily walk and some off lead running. They love to swim.

Health: This breed can be prone to hip dysplasia and eye problems and can suffer skin allergies.