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Golden Retriever

November - 30 - 2011

The Golden Retriever is a sturdy, medium-large sized dog whose coat color ranges from cream to a rich golden. With a broad skull and straight muzzle, this dog has a black/brownish black nose and dark brown eyes. The ears are rather short and hand down close to the cheeks.

The Golden Retriever`s tail is thick at the base, but feathering along the underside. The coat is water0resistant and dense, featuring a firm, wavy, or straight outer coat. Untrimmed feathering is present on the underbelly, back of legs, front of the neck and underside of the tail.

  • Temperament

When it comes to temperament, the Golden Retriever is a charming, lovable, intelligent dog. Always gentle with kids, this dog can be easily trained. Devoted and patient, theGolden Retriever is a popular family dog. Even if they rarely attack, Goldens are great watchdogs, barking when a stranger approaches. Among the Golden Retriever`s talents there are hunting, tracking, narcotics detection, agility, obedience and performing tricks.

  • Height

Dogs: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)
Bitches: 20-22 inches (51-56cm)

  • Weight

Dogs: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg)
Bitches: 55-70 pounds (25-32kg)

  • Life Expectancy

About 10-12 years.

  • Health Issues

Golden Retrievers are prone to skin allergies, heart problems, cancer, hip dysplasia, congenital eye defects, and Von Willebrand`s disease. They gain weight very easy, so avoid overfeeding.

  • Living Conditions

If properly exercised, Golden Retrievers can live well in an apartment.

  • Exercise

The Golden Retrievers need to be exercise daily, so make sure you take them on a brisk, long walk, jog or run. They like to retrieve balls and other toys.

  • Grooming

The medium-haired double coat can be easily groomed. When combing and brushing using a firm bristle brush, pay attention to the dense undercoat. Dry shampoo on a regular basis, but bath only necessary.

  • Origin

The Golden Retriever origins are to be found in the Scottish Highlands in the late 19th century. This dog was developed by Lord Tweedmouth by crossing the original yellow Flat-Coater Retriever with the Tweed Water Spaniel. The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds known today.

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