The Golden Retriever is a gorgeous, large, and energetic breed. They are the world's foremost family pet and companion. They are sturdy, well proportioned, and are well known for their hunting capabilities on land and in the water. The Golden is perceptive and agile.
The Golden Retriever is one of the easiest breeds to train. They excel in obedience and are popular therapy and service dogs. They have many talents including competitive obedience, narcotic detection, agility, and performing tricks.
The Golden Retriever requires daily exercise. They enjoy play sessions with their family, retrieving balls and other toys. They will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are sufficiently exercised. Golden Retrievers are moderately active indoors and does best with a medium to large sized securely fenced yard.
AT FULL GROWN
Female: 55-65 lbs
Female: 21.5-22.5 inches
various shades of gold
MORE ABOUT THE BREED
The Golden Retriever's kindly expression says it all. This is one of the finest family dogs in the world: cheerful, demonstrative, trustworthy with everyone, and forgiving of any mistakes made by inexperienced owners.
Give this breed two brisk walks each day, play fetch games, and take him out for a good run once a week, and he is adaptable to almost any lifestyle.
Friendly with everyone (strangers, children, dogs, cats, smaller pets), his bark is welcoming rather than protective.
You must control his tendency to chew on objects and to mouth your hands -- provide a box filled with toys so he can carry things around in his mouth.
A Golden Retriever remains enthusiastically puppy-like for many years, so early obedience training is required to instill calmness and good manners.
Eager to please and wonderfully responsive, he is nonetheless distracted by exciting sights and sounds, so you must be both patient and persistent.
The mind and heart of a Golden is sweet and gentle, but his body is robust -- until he's taught not to pull on the leash, you'll need good biceps to walk him.
If you want a dog who... Is large, athletic, and natural-looking, Has a pretty feathered coat, Has a cheerful, tail-wagging nature, Is steady-tempered and dependable with everyone, Is peaceful with other animals, Is eager to please and very responsive to training, A Golden Retriever may be right for you.
If you don't want to deal with...Providing a goodly amount of exercise, Exuberant jumping, especially when young, Mouthiness -- chewing on things, carrying things around, Regular brushing and combing to avoid mats and tangles, Heavy shedding, A distinctive doggy odor, Concerns about a multitude of serious health problems.
A Golden Retriever may not be right for you.