All About the Golden Retriever
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The Golden Retriever is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 23 to 24 inches.
Weight: 65 to 75 pounds.
Females – Height: 21.5 to 22.5 inches.
Weight: 55 to 65 pounds.
Golden Retrievers are gold, though the coat may turn white as the dog ages.
Golden Retrievers are very playful and affectionate dogs. They are extremely friendly, both to humans and other dogs and animals. They’re an energetic breed and can get distracted easily. Because of this, they can be difficult to train.
Golden Retrievers require a moderate amount of activity!
They are athletic, strong and fairly good swimmers. Without daily exercise these dogs tend to get into mischief.
- Golden Retrievers have a dense, water-repellent coat that can be straight or wavy.
- They are considered a medium-maintenance grooming breed. They have long necks and laid-back shoulders, and they are muscular in appearance.
- They have good coordination, and their length tends to be greater than their height.
10 to 13 years
The most common health concerns for Golden Retrievers include canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and cataracts. Entropion, distchiasis, cardiomyopathy and trichiasisare are less common but still occur within the breed, while gastric torsion and epilepsy are seen occasionally.
Golden Retrievers have a medium tolerance for both hot and cold climates.
Golden Retrievers are ideal pets for families because of their playful, loyal nature. They are also very friendly to other dogs and pets.
- Golden Retrievers love to play retrieving games, as their name suggests.
- The breed dates back to the 1800s, when Lord Tweedmouth set about developing a dog that would thrive as a hunting companion in the Scottish Highlands.
- Golden Retrievers are quite popular in popular culture. The title character in the “Air Bud” movies is a Golden Retriever, and these dogs have also played key roles in “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” and the animated film “Up.”