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The Golden Retriever appears to be a mixture of many breeds with some people still thinking they are long haired Labradors. The Golden Retriever was recognized as a breed in its own right in the UK around 1913. It was around this time when these dogs became known as the Retriever (Golden and Yellow) and by 1920 the name was changed to Golden Retriever.  While historically they were originally developed as a gundog, today they are now one of the world's favourite family pets.



It would be hard to argue the fact that this breed can be described as the ideal family pet, great with children, loyal, eager to please and easy to train.  These intelligent, docile and non-aggressive dogs seem to be constantly happy and outgoing.



Height:   51-61cm  (20-24in)

Weight:   25-36kg  (55-80lb)

Group: Gun Dog

The Golden Retriever is a medium to large dog that has a wavy, water-resistant medium to long coat which comes in colour ranges from a deep gold to cream and while pups are quite pale, the colour of the tips of their ears can indicate its final adult colouring. They are an active breed with a kindly expression that thrives on obedience training and lots of interaction with their family.



Most of the time a thorough 10 minute brushing 2 – 3 times a week and a monthly bath to avoid drying the coat of its natural oils is sufficient. A regular trimming will benefit these dogs to keep their lovely coats tidy, including the clipping of their nails, excess hair around and under the feet and the tip of the tail. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming parlour provides these services.


Life Expectancy

12-13 Years


Health Concerns

The Golden Retriever tends to be quite a healthy breed with some genetic diseases such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia with obesity aggravating hip problems. Eye disease such as Cataracts can also be a problem and because of their sensitivity to fleas, will be required to be kept flea and tick free to avoid developing skin irritations. Always try to feed good quality dog food to extend the life and health of your dog.



Not suitable for apartment living, these dogs do like to romp and explore a backyard and require a daily walk to keep their weight in check.  Golden Retrievers are happiest when inside with their families, however, be aware as the coat does shed a lot more as the seasons change.


Golden Retriever puppy
This cute dog is Daizy, a Golden Retriever puppy - photo courtesy of




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Gundogs were all bred to assist in the hunting and retrieving of game. A few in this group include Irish Setter, Hungarian Vizsla, Labrador Retriever to mention a few.


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