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Golden Retriever Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Golden Retriever so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginScotland
Group Gun Dog
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Other Names
What other names does the Golden Retriever have? The dog breed also known as...
Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Golden Retriever recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Golden Retriever recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Price
How much does the Golden Retriever puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Golden Retriever price:
$1000-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Golden Retriever, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Golden Retriever for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Golden Retriever gets to a happy place.

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Golden Retriever size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Golden Retriever weigh? Golden Retriever weight:
Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine? Golden Retriever average weight:
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Golden Retriever? Golden Retriever height:
Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Golden Retriever average height:
Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Golden Retriever have? What does this canine coat look like?
SilkyWavyShinyStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Golden Retriever's coat?
GoldenLightDark
Grooming
How to groom the Golden Retriever and how often?
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Golden Retriever, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Golden Retriever dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of this canine? Golden Retriever shedding level:
Golden Retrievers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Golden Retriever have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ConfidentIntelligentReliableFriendlyKindTrustworthy
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Golden Retriever? Are they intelligent?
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 95% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Golden Retriever dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Golden Retrievers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Golden Retriever sensitivity:
Golden Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does this dog need? Golden Retriever social needs:
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Golden Retriever dogs bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Golden Retriever good as a watchdog?
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Golden Retriever dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Golden Retrievers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Golden Retriever bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from this dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Golden Retriever? Why do dog bites happen?
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Golden Retriever do?
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Golden Retrievers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Golden Retriever to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Golden Retriever roam?
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Golden Retriever have high prey drive?
Golden Retrievers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Golden Retriever good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Golden Retriever dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Golden Retriever dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Golden Retriever and children:
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Golden Retriever dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Golden Retriever good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Golden Retriever dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Golden Retriever can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Golden Retrievers good office dogs? Do Golden Retrievers make good office friendly dogs? Can Golden Retrievers be ofiice dogs?
No
Golden Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Golden Retriever dogs get along with the elderly people? What is this canine temperament with senior people? Are Golden Retriever dogs good for elderly owners?
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Golden Retriever dogs get along with other pets? Are Golden Retriever dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Golden Retriever breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Golden Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Golden Retriever be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Golden Retriever breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Golden Retriever be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Golden Retriever breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Golden Retriever be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Golden Retriever breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Golden Retriever be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Golden Retriever breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Golden Retriever be a boat dog?
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Golden Retriever be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Golden Retriever is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Golden Retriever dogs have health problems?
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Golden Retriever dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Golden Retriever breed hypoallergenic?
No
Golden Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Golden Retriever have?
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Golden Retriever dogs require per day?
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Golden Retriever need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Golden Retriever risk for obesity:
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Golden Retriever more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Golden Retriever's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Golden Retriever drool?
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Golden Retriever. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Golden Retriever puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Golden Retriever: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Golden Retriever have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Golden Retriever have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Golden Retriever

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
  • Boat Dog: Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Golden Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Drooling tendency: The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Mouthiness: Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Golden Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Golden Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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