Golden Retriever

Description

The Golden Retriever is an all around attractive breed. It is large and muscular, yet it has a delicate appearance. The body is well muscled and covered with a stiff coat that lies close to the body. The coat is waterproof and is most profuse at the tail. The skull is large and features a broad muzzle. The ears fold down the sides of its head. The eyes are medium sized and usually black or brown. The breed has a sturdy body that starts on somewhat short legs. The chest is deep and lean. The neck is not too long.

Temperament

The Golden Retriever is a popular pet and for good reason. It exhibits unwavering devotion to its family and is typically very easy going. The breed is one of a few large dogs that is suitable for children of all ages. This breed has the patience and tender nature that is acceptable for interacting with young children. The breed can also peacefully exist with other dogs. Obedient, watchful, and energetic are other positive traits of the Golden Retriever. The only possible negative aspect of the breed is its dependence on people interaction. In this day and age, families have a wide array of activities and responsibilities. The needs of the Golden Retriever may not be easily realized.

Height and Weight

Male height: 22-24 inchesMale weight: 60-80 poundsFemale height: 20-22 inchesFemale weight: 55-70 pounds

Health Problems

The most common health problems the Golden Retriever may develop include Von Willebrand’s disease, and eye, skin, and heart problems. The breed may also develop hip dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

A medium size yard is suitable for the Golden Retriever. The breed will do fine indoors, but they can be more active outdoors.

Exercise

As with most large breeds, the Golden Retriever is susceptible to excessive weight gain. To keep the breed’s weight down and to keep it in shape, regular exercise is necessary.

Life Expectancy

The Golden Retriever lives an average of 10-12 years.

Litter Size

The Golden Retriever generally has 6-10 puppies.

Grooming

Aside from regular bathing, combing and brushing the coat is the main grooming task for the Golden Retriever.

Origin

The Golden Retriever is believed to have been bred from a long line of easy-going and hunting companion dogs

Group

Gun

Color

There is a range of colors that are acceptable for the Golden Retriever. The coat can be anywhere from an ivory to a gold color.