Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is currently one of the most desired dog breeds in the United States. Their high demand stems from their happy and easy going nature, and renowned loyalty and easiness to train. Originally Golden Retrievers were bred to help humans hunt game, and they continue to enjoy hard work. This makes them great police dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs.

As their name implies, Golden Retrievers have a gold coat that can range from a light yellow to an orangey brown. Their hair can be straight and corse, or soft and wavy. Their thick coats are water resistant and keep them warm in cold waters. Twice a year in the spring and the fall they shed their coat, which can be pretty messy for an indoor pup. Golden Retrievers are medium sized dogs, and generally reach their full size after one year, and full weight after about two.

History

While Golden Retrievers are some of the most desirable dogs in North America, they are originally from much farther away. This breed originated in Scotland in the mid 19th century, and was created by a man known as Lord Tweedmouth. Lord Tweedmouth was an avid hunter, and loved yellow dogs. At that time in Scotland, Spaniels and Setters were the most widely used hunting dogs. Lord Tweedmouth wanted a dog that would be as good at hunting as a Spaniel and also a good loyal family dog. So, he set out to accomplish this by breeding a yellow Labrador Retriever with a Spaniel. And than those babies with a Setter, and thus the Golden Retriever was born!

The Golden Retriever helps his master hunt, and historically was mostly used for that purpose. At the beginning of the 20th century, Golden Retrievers became renowned show dogs because they are graceful, athletic, and very easy to train. Soon after that they became household pets, and have only continued to become more popular.

Is a Golden Retriever Right for You?

Golden Retrievers are bred working dogs. They are high energy and require lots of human attention and exercise. This makes them great pets for very active families. They love to have jobs, and enjoy bringing in the paper, waking up family members. Or any other job they can be taught to perform. Because they are so used to hard work, it is important to give them lots of exercise. A fully grown Golden Retriever should get between 40-60 minutes of exercise a day. If they do not have enough exercise and get bored, this breed has been known to become a little destructive. Thus a well exercised and tired Golden Retriever is a happy Golden Retriever. If you do not live an active lifestyle, or are unable to give your dog an hour of exercise per day, this breed is probably not for you.

A Golden Retriever loves being around his family, and will probably get underfoot at times, but his sweet nature will more than make up for it. These pups are “mouth dogs”, meaning they love to chew on things. Luckily they are also very smart and easy to train, so teaching them not to chew on household items is not too difficult.

Did You Know?

Golden Retrievers love to eat, and will often devour anything they can get their mouths on. Owners have to be very careful about how much they feed their Golden Retrievers as they quickly can become obese.

Golden Retrievers have many wonderful traits, but they are not good watch dogs, and will probably greet any intruder with a doggy smile and wagging tail.

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