named for its ability to retrieve game, the Golden Retriever was
first bred in Scotland in the 19th century as a hunting partner
and loyal companion.
Golden Retriever is naturally employed as an excellent search and
rescue dog and, owing to its calm and intelligent nature, is
often chosen as a guide dog for the blind.
Golden Retriever behavior
As the fans
of the breed know well, Golden Retriever puppies are a fun-loving,
active, and unruly lot who eventually grow into gentle and loving
family members when fully mature at about age 2.
As the name
implies, the breed's innate desire to retrieve often results in
hours of endless fun playing catch with a ball or flying disc,
Their love of splashing around in water also makes them excellent
boating and fishing pals.
its life, the happy-go-lucky Golden Retriever loves company, and
is an excellent breed for big families with children. While not
as aggressive a protector as the German
Shepherd, its thunderous bark may make any interloper think
twice about invading any home inhabited by a Golden Retriever.
Retriever care & health
Due to its energetic nature, Golden Retrievers are best suited
to younger households with a strong commitment to providing the
proper diet and regular exercise that this breed requires to stay
happy and healthy, especially as it ages.
throughout the year is also required, with special attention given
to shedding season in the spring, when they tend to drop their
playful, golden retriever
is the ideal pet for kids.
of diseases and conditions have been known to plague the breed,
most commonly hemangiosarcoma,
an aggressive cancer that attacks the blood vessels. Hip and elbow
dysplasia are also frequent dangers and can quickly become crippling
if not treated in its early stages.
are also common to the breed. As with all domestic pets, proper
feeding and exercise becomes all-important in advanced years to
ward off a marked tendency toward obesity.
Golden Retriever fun facts - DID YOU KNOW?
• Golden Retriever puppies are usually born either white or creamed-colored. They later achieve their famous golden coat as they mature.
• The breed has what is known as a "soft mouth". They can pick and carry the most delicate objects up with their mouths without harming them.
• One of the dogs in most need of activity, Golden Retrievers are known to become physically ill without a regular exercise routine.
• Among various claims to fame, the Golden Retriever was a White House family pet to President Gerald Ford, and achieved a starring role as Shadow from the movie "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey."
Golden Retrievers around the Web:
Golden Retriever Club of America - This is a great resource for information on maintaining
good health with advice on related issues & diseases, information
for breeders, tips & FAQ on what to look for when buying a
healthy puppy, pictures, links to Golden Retriever rescue and
of PureGold Foundation - Discover helpful tips & advice for
owners battling various cancers common to Golden Retrievers plus
related general resources, feature articles on feeding, training,