A member of the AKC Sporting group, The Golden Retriever makes a great hunter, family pet, or show dog. They make ideal family pets because of their good nature and are indeed a multi-purpose dog.
Although they can adapt to living in a small apartment they need to be given plenty of exercise daily. They are well known for their golden, flowing coat and loving attitudes with sweet expressions.
Their beautiful dense, water repellent coat ranges in color from light to darker shades of gold. Temperament wise, they are typically exceptionally patient dogs in demeanor.
Males weigh 65-75 pounds and are 23-25 inches tall, females are slightly smaller and 55 to 65 pounds in weight. Goldens typically reach their full adult height around one year of age and their full weight around the age of two.
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Renowned for its reliable temperament, the Golden is a symmetrical, powerful, active dog that is sound and well put together. Goldens are among the easiest to train of all breeds and are not inclined to bite.
They do very well in obedience and agility trials and make the most excellent assistance dogs. They are very tolerant of children and excel in obedience and therapy dog tasks - most love to swim as well.
It is not clumsy and displays a kindly expression, a beautiful grin and possesses a personality that is eager to please its master, alert, and self-confident in all activities. They can be trusted with children and other pets.
They are very good with pets and other children. The best home for any Golden is inside with the family but with lots of outdoor activity.
Country of origin: Scotland Lifespan: 10-12 years Colors: Gold, in various shades Known health problems: Cataracts, arthritis, ear infections, Cancer, acral lick dermatitis, hypothyroidism, Obesity, heart disease, hip dysplasia Famous Goldens: Shadow from the Homeward Bound movies; Liberty, pet of U.S. President Gerald Ford; Duke, from Bush's Baked Beans commercials; Speedy from The Drew Carey Show
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