header

Golden Retriever Dog Breed Profile

by Amanda

Golden Retriever Dog

Golden Retriever Dog

AKC Group: Sporting Group


The Golden Retriever is always one of the most popular dog breeds in America. Known for it long golden hair coat, it makes for a great and active family dog. Its intelligence also makes it useful as a guide and rescue dog.

History

The Golden Retriever came from the Scottish Highlands during the late 19th century and was utilized mainly for hunting. The dog breed was created by Lord Tweedmouth, whose objective was to make an exceptional retriever suitable for the Scottish climate, terrain, and game. He crossed his original "Yellow Retriever" with a Tweed Water Spaniel kept at his house. Afterwards integrations of Bloodhound, Irish setter and much more Tweed Water Spaniel developed the retriever we all know these days.

Physical Features

An active, powerful, symmetrical dog, well build and sound, not clumsy nor lengthy at the leg, showing a kindly appearance and holding a character that's alert, eager and self-confident. Mainly a hunting dog that must be proven in a hard working situation. Overall look, balance, gait and objective to be provided more importance than some of his parts.

Males reach a height of 23 to 24 inches tall and females normally reach a height of 21 to 23 inches tall. Dogs that are 1 inch below or above normal sizes are penalized in shows. Weight is usually about 55 to 75 pounds.

The coat could be straight or wavy with feathering at the back of the legs. Any gold colored shade is allowed. Any white markings are penalized.


Personality

Golden Retrievers are known to be loving, well-mannered, clever dogs with superb appeal. They are very easily trained, and usually gentle and patient with children. Captivating, dedicated and self-assured, they're a trendy family dog. Loving and lively, Golden Retrievers love to please their masters, so behavior training can be quite rewarding. Friendly with everybody, as well as other dogs, the Golden Retriever has almost no protecting intuition. While not likely to fight, Goldens make great watchdogs, fully warning of a stranger's approach.

Common Health Problems

Susceptible to cancer, Von Willebrand's disease, hip dysplasia, genetic eye defects and heart disease. Skin allergies are typical in Golden Retrievers and frequently need veterinarian attention. Gains weight very easily, don't overfeed.

Return to: Complete AKC Dog Breed List

To read more blog posts go here: Veterinary Blog

To sign up for my newsletter go here: Veterinary Newsletter

Click here to post comments

Return to AKC Dog Breeds.


Video: Treating or Euthanizing Your Pet - What is the Best Choice?
December 15, 2011 Deciding whether to treat or euthanize is your pet is an extremely tough decision. Adding to that difficulty is that pets are good at masking their symptoms....

Top 10 Things I Wish I'd Learned in Veterinary School
December 9, 2011 This video about the top 10 things I wish I'd learned in veterinary school is aimed at veterinary students, but I think all pet owners will find this amusing...

FLAVORx Introduces Digital Flavorist Software
December 2, 2011 Does your pet refuse to take medication orally due to the bad taste? If you are struggling to give your dog or cat oral medications...

Should I Get Another Pet?
November 25, 2011 Should I get another pet? This question is asked all the time by pet owners who think they might want to get another pet. But before you consider adopting...

Video: The Mean Kitty Song
November 18, 2011 What is the most watched pet video on YouTube of all time? Well one of them is this one, the Mean Kitty Song. It now has around 60 Million views!!!

11 Hot Pet Trends Happening Now
November 11, 2011 Each year the American Pet Products Association (APPA) does a massive survey of pet owners to see not only what they are spending on their pets, but also...

Pet Costs Rise over $2 Billion
November 4, 2011 According to the American Pet Products Association, total U.S. pet expenditures will reach over $50.8 billion this year. That's a $2 billion increase from...

Heartworm Resistance and Treatment Scarcity
October 28, 2011 Heartworm preventatives (like Heartgard, Interceptor, Sentinel) are becoming less effective due to increased resistance from the parasite that causes heartworm...

True Cost of Owning a Pet
October 21, 2011 Owning a pet can be a lot of fun, but it also takes money to properly care for them. With today's economy more and more people are struggling to pay their...

Black Dog Syndrome-Cats Too!
October 14, 2011 Black Dog Syndrome is a condition where dogs and cats that have black coats are less likely to be adopted. This has forced many animal shelters to look...

Bizarre: Commercial Specifically Aimed for Dogs Only
October 7, 2011 A dog food commercial that features high frequency signals that only dogs can hear is being played now in Austria, and possibly soon here in America...

10 Tips for Reading Pet Food Labels
September 30, 2011 Reading pet food labels can be confusing, but it doesn't have to be. Buy understanding a few things, you can easily learn to find the most important parts...

5 Life Threatening Behavior Myths of Dogs and Cats
September 23, 2011 The bad news is that behavior problems in dogs and cats are more common than you think. But the good news is that you are not alone...

7 Common Myths about Pet Anesthesia Risks
September 16, 2011 When it comes to pet anesthesia risks, there are several misconceptions that need to be cleared up. Below are what I feel are the 7 main myths that are commonly seen/heard...

Horse 500 Pounds Underweight - Owner Charged
September 9, 2011 In South Carolina a woman was arrested after the Horry County Police Department found a horse that was 500 pounds underweight and unable...

2 Amazing New Dog DNA Tests Available Now!
September 2, 2011 This week brought great news for pet owners. Mars Veterinary launched 2 new Dog DNA tests for Purebred and Designer Dogs called Wisdom...

Medical Marijuana for Dogs
August 28, 2011 Medical Marijuana for dogs is coming soon. Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems (MMDS) located in Seattle recently got patent rights for...

Crazy: Dog is 'Totaled' After Car Accident
August 21, 2011 This is something I find crazy. According to reports, Farmer's Insurance agency told a Colorado woman her dog was 'totaled' after an...


[?] Subscribe To
This Site

XML RSS
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Add to Newsgator
Subscribe with Bloglines



PET PRODUCT
OF THE MONTH
Thermo Snuggly
Sleeper

All Materials Copyrighted