Dog Breed profiles

Golden Retriever Breed Profile

Golden Retriever fact file

KC Group: gundog
Size: large
Good with children?: yes recommended
Exercise requirement: lots
Good guard dogs?: would bark
Moulting level: medium
Grooming: moderate
Jogging partner: short runs

The Golden Retriever is an ideal companion, sensitive and sensible. The breed has been adapted for various activities. The larger breeds can be seen in the show ring and as family pets, while other breeds can be seen working as gundogs, field trialling and more recently as assistance dogs. Their nature is generally suited to most situations however recent over breeding has produced some problems including skin complaints, eye problems and in rare cases irritable snapping.

Golden Retriever Character

They have a gentle nature and will rarely bite or snap, they demand attention from their owners. They are intelligent which makes training them easy. Retrievers are gundogs, the instinct to carry objects is great so watch out for your shoes! They are sensitive and can have a nervous disposition so the softly softly approach should be remembered when training.

Golden Retriever Size

Dogs' height at withers is normally between 56-61cm and bitches' between 51-56cm. The weight for dogs is normally between 30-34kg and bitches 27-32kg.

Golden Retriever Health

Ensure your pup is bred from parents with good hip and eye scores, if you do this the likelihood of encountering the problems relating to this is later life will be reduced. They can be prone to some skin irritations but generally they do not have many common ailments.

Golden Retriever Special Care

Puppies can grow very quickly and can get too heavy for their bones if allowed to grow too fast. Don't allow too much exercise at a young age or Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD), a condition that causes lameness, can occur.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.