Retriever (Golden)

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A very popular breed, the Golden Retriever originates from Great Britain, and was bred as a water retriever and a hunter. The obedience and intelligence of the breed has now made them popular as guide dogs for the blind. The breed was registered with the AKC in 1925.

The Golden Retriever is a dog that is stable, loving, eager to please, and gentle. These dogs make wonderful companions and family pets, and they love to give and receive attention. The Golden Retriever is a loyal and devoted dog, with mild manners, a responsive nature, and a playful streak. These dogs love the company of humans, and are not suited to those that cannot commit much time to their pet. They are quite energetic, and in particular they love to swim. These dogs have a real passion for life and for everything they do, and are extremely sociable dogs that will get along with almost everyone.

Their love for just about everyone makes Golden Retrievers poor watchdogs, but the good news is that they get on well with children, strangers, and other pets. He loves to eat! Golden Retrievers suffer obesity because they eat and eat and eat and eat, so you must watch how much you feed him. These dogs do have a tendency to chew, and therefore should be provided with appropriate toys so that your own belongings and furnishings don't suffer. The Golden Retriever is a fast learner and a highly intelligent dog, which makes training easy and makes this breed suitable for inexperienced owners. He is a highly trainable dog. Positive obedience training with lots of praise and treats should begin from the moment you bring him home to ensure that he learns his manners. Trusting, obedient, sweet natured, and loving, the Golden Retriever is the perfect family pet and companion. Golden Retriever Appearance

The Golden Retriever is a large dog with a powerful, robust build and a very sweet face. His coat is soft and flat or can be wavy with feathering. The undercoat of the Golden Retriever is weatherproof. The coloring of the coat can be in one a variety of shades of cream and gold. The Golden Retriever always looks keen and eager. In terms of the weight these dogs are around 55-65 pounds for females and 65-75 pounds for males. Females are around 21-23 inches in height, and males are around 23-24 inches.

The grooming requirements for the Golden Retriever are moderate, and you will need to brush his coat twice weekly - more often when he is shedding more heavily - and keep an eye on straggly hairs, which will need to be trimmed. The hair around his bottom will also need to be trimmed for hygiene reasons, and you should check his ears are clean and dry regularly to reduce the risk of infection. The Golden Retriever is a very heavy shedder and is not suited to those with allergies. Golden Retriever Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Golden Retriever is around 10-14 years, and there are a number of health problems that have been linked to this breed. This includes cataracts, entropion, allergies, thyroid problems, cancer, epilepsy, OCD, HD, and vWD. Parents of the Golden Retriever puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.