Dog Breed – Golden Retriever

Dog Breed – Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in America. Known for their friendly temperament, gorgeous golden locks (like shampoo commercial-worthy) they’re the classic dog next door.

Fast Facts

Standard lifespan: 10-12 years
Height range: 22 – 24 inches (male) 20-22 inches (female)
Weight range:  65 to 75 pounds (male) 55 to 71 pounds (female)
Best In Class At: Retrieving stuff. It’s in their name. They’re part of the Sporting Group.


Motto: “Hopelessly Devoted to You”
Goldens are friendly, outgoing, loving, and eager to please. One of the few dog breeds that smile, they’re too upbeat to be a guard dog. Even though Goldens were bred for hunting, they really enjoy cuddling up on the couch.

The Stats

Good with kids: Goldens are very gentle with children, they’ll kiss and slobber all over them. However, since they have lots of energy, they might be too bouncy to play with toddlers.

Apartment or Ginormous yard: They wake up wanting to run and play, so give ’em tons of space! Goldens prefer a yard, but if you give them enough exercise, they could be apartment dwellers. Just make sure to EXERCISE them.

Salon Needs: It’s easy to look like a Wookie around a Golden. They shed a lot. Like daily. As with Labrador Retrievers, Goldens have a think double-coat. Unlike Labs, Goldens shed daily. Brush, brush, brush them every day.

Activity level: Wanna be a baseball pitcher? Get a Golden, they’ll give you a workout. They want to play catch/fetch from the moment they wake up ‘till they go to sleep. Also, swim, hike, and run. Heck, there isn’t an outdoor activity they don’t like.

Smarty Pants Degree In: Empathy. Highly intelligent and intuitive, they’re a breed that is often trained to work with people with disabilities.

Health FYIs

Loveable Goldens are prone to canine hip dysplasia (CHD), and it can show up when they’re young. Have your vet do a quick heart, hip, thyroid, eye, or elbow test during their routine health check. Other health issues that Goldens may have include: skin conditions, hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma, eye disorders, elbow dysplasia, mast cell tumors, are very rarely, seizures. Osteosarcoma can also occur.

Random Factoid

Golden Retrievers were developed as a breed during the 1800s in England. The AKC (American Kennel Club) registered them in 1925 but weren’t officially recognized as a breed until 1931. Liberty, a Golden Retriever, lived in the White House with President Ford and his family.

Best Toys

Tennis balls, tennis balls, tennis balls. They want to go long! Really, anything to retrieve and they’ll be your devoted slave for life.

Best Treats

Since Goldens are prone to hip dysplasia and arthritis as they age treats that contain Glucosamine (aids joints) are great for them. Try Bark Hip & Joint chews, made with duck meat.

At Game Night They Rock at

Twister. They love to play around.

At Game Night They Suck At

Poker. They’re not exactly great at hiding their feelings.

Want to get a Golden Retriever? Make sure you do your research and adopt from a local rescue or reputable breeder! If you need help scrolling through dogs in your area, try using the app BarkBuddy, where you can swipe right to the right dog for you! 🙂

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