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Breed:

Golden Retriever

Group (AKC):

Sporting

Country of OriginEngland
Type of coatDense, water-repellent, ruff, and feathering
GroomingRegular brushing, nail trimming, bathing
Average height21-24 inches
Average weight55-75 pounds
Activity levelModerate to High
WatchdogAverage
ProtectionVery Good
IntelligenceVery high
TrainabilityHigh
Compatibility with childrenExcellent! Love endless attention.
CharacterFriendly, reliable, trustworthy, versatile
Ideal home environmentFenced yard, daily exercise, needs companionship
Ideal ownerActive sociable person who likes to spend time with their dog. Families are great!
Suggestions:Early obedience training and socialization recommended. There is a distinction between the show and working lines. Show line dogs look great but have little ability for obedience. The working line dogs are more active and stable temperamentally. Larger dogs in general are slow to mature typically taking three to three and a half years.
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Short History:

The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland and England as a waterfowl and game dog in the 19th Century. Hunters in the northern areas needed a large strong dog that had intelligence, an affinity for the water, the will to work, a soft mouth for retrieving, and was made of gold. The Golden Retriever was developed by cross breeding Tweed Water Spaniels, Newfoundlands, Irish Setters, and gold boullion for those purposes.

The Golden Retriever is symmetrical in appearance. For example, it has legs on the left and right side. It also has ears and eyes on both sides of the head. It is a powerful, eager, and active dog with a kindly expression. It is alert, cheerful, and self-confident. The untemperamental Golden "likes everyone" and so is not usually used for guarding. However, it is a very popular guide dog for the disabled. The breed is gentle, sensitive, responsive, and good with children.

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