Golden Retriever Information

Golden Retriever Information

The Golden Retriever has been around since the mid-19th century and is a medium-sized, jovial, eager to please, and highly intelligent breed. They make wonderful family dogs and are one of the most popular breeds in America.

If you are considering adding a Golden Retriever to your family, look no further. The following reading contains information about these retrievers Opens in a new tab.and their history, appearance, personality, temperaments, and care. You will also learn why every moment is “golden” just by including them in your family.

To check your Golden Retrievers’ health status or their DNA checks, please visit the Embark vetOpens in a new tab. website for all the help you may need.

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Golden Retriever History

In the Scottish Highlands between 1840 and 1890, Dudley Marjoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth, bred and developed the Golden Retriever Opens in a new tab.we know and love today.

Marjoribanks wanted a gundog that would be ideal for retrieving games but also needed a dog well-suited to the hazardous terrain and rainy damp climate of the Highlands while hunting.

It took him several generations to perfect. He originally bred the Tweed water spaniel, which is now non-existent, and his own “yellow” retriever.

Later he added some bloodhound and Irish setter to create this Golden RetrieverOpens in a new tab. breed with all of the fine qualities of each of the breeds that have come before.

Due to Marjoribanks, the Golden Retriever is an exceptional gundog, happily helping on the hunt by retrieving game with their “soft mouth” that allows them to pick up game gently, so as not to damage the prey.

After being shown in 1908 at a dog show in Britain, this retriever came to America, through Canada and became a show dog and of course, a working dog that assisted their hunter owners.

In 1974, when Gerald Ford became president, the popularity of the golden retriever soared due to a Golden retriever named Liberty, residing in the White House.

Although golden retrievers are quite playful pups even as adults, they are quite purposeful and dedicated when working. They are not only used for hunting.

Some are trained for search and rescue work, as therapy dogs and many are unwavering guide dogs for the seeing impaired, being not only eyes for their owners but steadfast companions.

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Golden Retriever Appearance

Golden Retrievers certainly have looks that complement their personalitiesOpens in a new tab. being as sweet as honey. They are medium-sized dogs even though they often appear quite large with the immense thick and lustrous coat they display.

Their coat can be varying shades of gold, from light gold, sometimes closing in on almost white, to a rich golden color like a deep amber.

Golden Retrievers have a double-thick coat, a soft undercoat, insulating in winter and cooling in summer. The topcoat is often wavy with added water-proofing.

The undercoat is shed in great amounts in spring and fall to make way for summer and winter coats respectively and the topcoat sheds minimal amounts during the year.

Their fur is feathered on the backs of their legs and thighs and the tail resembles a plume with all of its fluffiness.

Male golden retrievers can weigh from 65lbs to 75lbs, while females are slightly smaller at 55lbs to 65lbs. The lifespan of a Golden retriever is generally ten to twelve years.

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Golden Retriever Personality and Temperament

The Golden Retriever has the personality and temperament to fit their name as their demeanor is “golden.”

Golden Retrievers are rarely to never known as aggressive dogs and if one should show any signs of aggression it would most definitely be due to genetics, poor breeding, or abuse if adopted.

These retrievers are an all-around excellent family dog, patient and good with children, playful, fun-loving, and active.

The patience they show is due to breeding for hunting because they need the patience to await prey, which could take time.

They love to work and focus completely on the task at hand that is given them. Easily trainable and highly intelligent, they are ranked fourth for intelligence coming in behind the border collie, poodle, and German shepherd.

There are just no unacceptable words to use when describing the Golden Retriever’s personality and temperament.

They are affectionate, devoted, and loyal to family, stellar with children because they are always children at heart, excellent with dogs, and most often with cats too, and are friendly with strangers.

The only minus you can give them would be for their guard dog ability, or should I say lack of? Golden retrievers rarely bark and are always friendly to all. They would most likely show an intruder to your silverware or prized jewels!

Golden Retriever Care

Even though Golden Retrievers are at the top of the breedOpens in a new tab. list for excellence, they do need care, just as other breeds. Listed below are some tips to know before adding a golden to your life.


Golden retrievers need high-quality foods at every stageOpens in a new tab. of their lives. They can be prone to weight gain if overfed. The right amount, as well as puppy, adult, or senior types, are necessary for optimum health.


Training is an essential job for owning any breed and even though the Golden retriever exhibits all of the best personality traits and an even temperament, they still need to be trained. This begins with puppyhood and housebreaking and continues with basic obedience training.

If you are adopting an adult golden retriever, the term “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is utterly false, with no reason to not train or reinforce rules they may already know.

Golden retrievers are quick learners and to have a well-mannered, obedient pup, training is needed.

Even though their personality is good-natured, they still need training and rules or you may risk having a good-natured, friendly but rambunctious and out-of-control golden retriever adult.

Exercise and play

Golden retrievers do need exercise as an adult and at least one to two hours each day, which can be split up. Puppies need exercise too but not as intense until their bones are finished forming so no damage occurs.

If your pup does not get enough exercise, it can be bad for their health and they may gain weight.

Lack of exercise can also cause boredom which, in turn, will lead to undesirable behavior such as chewing.

If you are active and your family is too, then the golden retriever will be a perfect match. Exercise can consist of brisk walks, allowing them to run in fenced-in areas, playing ball, frisbee, or retrieving games, which are perfect for your golden.

If your family hikes, this can be some great weekend fun, adventure, and exercise for everyone.

Golden retrievers absolutely love to swim. Swimming is a full-body workout for them and will tire them out for sure.

Exercise will not only be excellent for your pup’s health, but it will incorporate training while walking, making your pup use their brain, plus it will help them to be calmer and content at home and less likely to get into mischief.


Grooming will be an almost daily part of being a pet parent to a Golden retriever. They have tons of fur, so brushing is necessary at least twice a week to remove loose hair, prevent mats, and for less hair in your house, brushing outdoors if possible.

Mats or knots can be a real hassle to untangle and painful for your pup, sometimes causing you to use shears to cut them out.

Grooming will be an almost daily part of being a pet parent to a golden retriever. They have tons of fur, so brushing is necessary at least twice a week to remove loose hair, prevent mats, and for less hair in your house, brushing outdoors if possible.

Mats or knots can be a real hassle to untangle and painful for your pup, sometimes causing you to use shears to cut them out.

Baths are necessary every three to four months and this depends on what your pup gets into outdoors, You don’t want to shampoo too frequently as it will strip essential oils away and dry their skin.

Your pup’s teeth will need to be brushed at least twice a week and their ears need to be cleaned about once a month as well as having their nails clipped.

If the baths and nails are a daunting task, you can always consider a groomer.

Wellness visits

Veterinary visits are also imperative for your pup’s good health. Their veterinarian will make sure they are growing properly, administer necessary vaccinations and pick up on any health issues Opens in a new tab.early before they get out of hand and become a problem.

You can always consult your pup’s veterinarian with any questions or concerns you have about your retriever’s health, behavioral issues, training, food, etc.

If you are considering a golden retriever, do some research, make sure you use a reputable breeder to avoid any genetic problems, and ask questions, which will help you be prepared. for more information about Golden retriever wellness information visit this linkOpens in a new tab..

Hopefully, the picture I have painted of the golden retriever, their friendliness, devotion, and all-out exuberance for life, has helped. Becoming a pet parent to a golden retriever is sure to be a “Golden” experience.

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