Facts About Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a medium-large Breed Dog. The name “Retriever” refers to the breed’s ability to retrieve waterfowls( ducks, geese, swans) undamaged due to their soft mouth. As a Golden Retriever owner myself, I can go on and on about all the great things about this breed. Anyone who has been loved by a Golden knows what a devoted companion he is. There is much more to know about this lovable breed, let us learn some interesting Golden Retriever facts!

Golden Retriever puppy playing with his toy
Austin Playing with his toy
Austin wearing glasses

Short History

Goldens were first bred from Scotland in the mid 19th century. This breed was developed as a hunting breed. They first came to North America in the 1920’s where they became popular for their excellent temperament and beautiful appearance. The Golden retriever is a crossbreed which originates from a Tweed Water Spaniel and a Yellow Flat Coated Retriever.

Appearance

  • Males are 23 to 24 inches tall and weigh 65 to 75 pounds.
  •  Females are generally 21.5 to 22.5 inches tall and weigh 55 to 65 pounds.
  • Golden Retrievers usually reach their full height by one year of age and their mature weight by two.
  • They are a long coated breed with a dense inner coat that provides them with adequate warmth in the outdoors and an outer coat that lies flat against their bodies and repels water.
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Lifespan

The average lifespan for a Golden retriever is about 10 to 12 years. The breed is susceptible to specific ailments, so pets should be taken to a Vet for yearly checkups. Golden Retrievers are known to have genetic disorders and other diseases. Augie, a Golden Retriever who lives in Tennessee, is currently the Oldest Golden Retriever at 20 years old

Golden Retrievers are Simply Gorgeous

One of the top reasons for anybody choosing a particular breed of dog over others for a pet is their looks. Golden Retrievers score very highly in the beauty stakes. From their soulful , piercing brown eyes, to their wise looking but always friendly face.But of course more than anything, their flowing, strikingly golden coat. They have the most luxurious golden hair that stays with them through their lives. Golden is their longer, softer hair. Goldens stay golden throughout their years.

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Intelligent Breed

Golden Retrievers are some of the most intelligent dogs in the world. In fact they are the 4th smartest dog breed( out of 138 breeds) for obedience and working intelligence. Golden Retrievers are as smart as a 2 to 2.5 year old human and can learn over 165 words. Retrieving is the golden Retriever’s instinctive intelligence. They have natural desire to retrieve for their owner because it has been bred into them. Golden Retrievers are known to have high adaptive intelligence. They are capable of learning a new command with fewer than 5 repetitions. This is amazing compared to an average dog.

Easy to Train

Out of all the dogs out there, Golden Retrievers are considered high on the list of very trainable dogs. These dogs are obedient from the moment you bring them home and they will start to follow the rules and listen to you in no time. There are mainly two reasons why goldens are easy to train- Firstly they are intelligent and love to learn and secondly, they like to impress their owners and other people. They love to eat so having a tasty treat will motivate many goldens to learn and obey quickly.

Golden Retrievers are "Puppies For Lifetime"

Goldens are Puppies For Life. Their playful attitudes often last well past their puppy years. That tends to last longer in Golden Retrievers than other breeds. They mature slowly and can be playful and downright silly into adulthood, so if you have a Golden at home be ready for a lifetime of fun. 

As Sporting dogs, Golden Retrievers need lots of exercise

Goldens are always ready for action, whether it is a game of fetch, hiking, swimming or other exercise. They are natural athletes  that excel at a variety of sports. Their broad heads, powerful necks and muscular bodies make them extremely strong and highly energetic. They also have stamina to spare. Goldens love to chase and catch and they are mighty good at it. If golden Retriever does not get adequate exercise, it can lead to undesirable behavior and unhappy puppy.

Hard Working Breed

Recognized as a sporting breed, this retriever is a gun dog. Still, it also excels in other activities, including tracking, hunting, narcotics detection, competitive obedience, agility work and any activity that involves swimming. Golden Retrievers are used for everything from hunting and tracking to rescue and service dog work. Despite being playful, they learn quickly and can master a multitude of skills, including how to perform as search and rescue dogs at the site of a disaster.

Golden Retrievers make great family dogs

The Golden Retriever is an intelligent breed. They are known for having a big personality and fun to play with. With proper training and enough exercise, this is a devoted and gentle dog that is patient with family members, children and other animals. All other facts given above and below this make a Golden Retriever dog a perfect Family Dog. 

The Golden Retriever puppy with mommy
Me with my Golden Retriever(Austin)
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Austin sleeping with Dad

Golden Retrievers make Top-notch Therapy Dogs

Goldens have been blessed with this beautiful ability to reach out to humans, display a whole different level of kindness and shower them with unconditional love. They are a favorite as a therapy dog because of their friendly personalities and willingness to please. They are often employed as Therapy Dogs to soothe and calm people. Goldens seem to have reserves of empathy and unconditional love. These intuitive dogs seem to know when you are upset and need a furry hug. Partly because they are so highly trainable, Golden Retrievers are excellent choices for therapy or canine assistance. 

Golden Retrievers love to eat

Golden Retrievers are definitely one of the larger breed dogs that need a lot of food in order to grow healthier. Most Golden Retrievers will quite literally eat everything and anything put in front of them. It is very rare to find a Golden Retriever who is a picky eater. But it all depends on how active your dog is and sometimes what gender they are too. Sometimes they also tend to overeat, so savvy owners know to limit treats, carefully measure out food and feed them only at mealtimes. 

Golden Retrievers are naturally mouthy

Golden Retrievers are likely to carry something around everywhere they go such as sticks, toys, clothing or whatever else isn’t tied down. They tend to really enjoy a game of fetch as well as a good chew on a toy that is stuffed with kibble and treats. Golden Retrievers love tennis balls. A Golden named Finley, who is Guinness World Record holder for carrying the six tennis balls in his mouth at a time.

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Goldens are incredible swimmers

Golden Retrievers were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl( ducks, geese, swans) from bodies of water. Not only do they retain the instincts to fetch, but also instincts to swim. They are natural swimmers. Their large webbing between toes and long tail to aid in steering  makes them water-based dogs. They have double coatundercoat to keep the dog warm and the topcoat, which is known as guard hair, and water repellent, to keep the skin of your dog nice and dry. Anytime your dog is getting active and you need a break, take them to the local lake. They will run and swim with the family, chase the waves and just have a lot of fun in general. 

Powerful scenting ability

Goldens have an unusually unique nose with an exceptional sense of smell. They have been ranked as one of the top breeds of dogs that display this quality, which is why they also make excellent hunting dogs and ideal trackers. From using their nose to find their way back home to tracking different kinds of animals and scents, they are always alert. Goldens can maintain their focus and follow their noses wherever they lead. 

High tolerance to pain

Golden Retrievers have a very high tolerance to pain and can tolerate injuries that many other dogs cannot tolerate. that is part why they make very good rescuers, police and hunting helpers.

They do well with Other Pets

Many dog breeds just don’t play nicely when it comes to other pets. But Golden Retrievers are very friendly not only with the people in the household but also the other animals there as well. They are more than happy to share their home with other dogs and animals of other species. They are very social dogs. Having a dog who is trustworthy around your other pets brings peace of mind and a harmonious household, not least for those other pets. I myself have two puppies- Golden retriever and Pug, they both do everything (play, sleep, eat, etc.) together. They have become inseparable buddies.

Austin Travelling with Mommy and Choco
Austin and Choco sleeping together

Golden Retriever is Quiet

Golden Retrievers are not big barkers. They are a lot calmer compared to some other dogs out there when it comes to barking, helping to keep things quite in your home. Because of the incredible temperament of the Golden Retriever breed, it is unlikely for them to be barking at every little noise they hear.

They are Extremely Loyal

Golden Retrievers are friends to everyone, they are still amazingly loyal to their families and will always put you first. There is nothing that your four-legged friend wouldn’t do for you. They seem to have an almost infinite capacity for love. Goldens don’t just show love for their own families, they are happy to share out the love to anyone and everyone they meet.

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