Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

INTRODUCTION

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. The breed’s friendly and tolerant attitude makes it a great family pet, and its intelligence makes it a very capable working dog. Golden Retrievers are generally healthy dogs with a long lifespan, but due to their active nature, they can be prone to joint problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia. Get your Golden Retriever covered from the start with Lemonade Pet Insurance starting at $10 a month. Getting a Lemonade Pet policy while your Golden is young and doesn’t have any health problems, or pre-existing conditions, means Lemonade will cover veterinary expenses associated with a joint condition and will also reimburse you for other treatments to keep your dog healthy. These dogs are fairly easy to train and will suit any home or family. They are great with children and very protective of their humans. If you want a loyal, loving and intelligent companion, consider adopting one of these puppies into your pack.

HIGHLIGHTS

Golden Retrievers shed a lot of hair, especially in spring and autumn. Daily brushing will remove some of the loose hair from the coat, preventing it from being deposited on your clothes and around the house. But if you live with a Golden, you will have to get used to the dog’s hair.Golden Retrievers are family dogs; they need to live indoors with their human “pack”, and should not spend hours alone in the backyard.Golden Retrievers are active dogs who need 40 to 60 minutes of hard exercise a day. They benefit from obedience training, agility classes and other canine activities, which are a good way to give your dog physical and mental exercise.Although gentle and trusting with children, Golden Retrievers are large, rambunctious dogs that can accidentally knock over a small child.Goldens love to eat, and will quickly become overweight if overfed. Limit treats, measure your dog’s daily kibble, and feed him regular meals rather than leaving food out all the time.Because the Golden Retriever is so popular, there are many people breeding Goldens who care more about making money from the demand for puppies than raising happy, healthy dogs. To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill or pet shop. Look for a reputable breeder who tests their breeding dogs to make sure they are free of genetic diseases that can be passed on to puppies and that they have sound temperaments.

HISTORY

For many years there was a legend that Golden Retrievers were descended from Russian shepherd dogs bought from a circus. In reality, the breed was developed in Scotland, on the estate of Sir Dudley Majoribanks, later known as Lord Tweedmouth. Tweedmouth’s breeding records between 1835 and 1890 show what he intended with the Golden: A talented retriever – Tweedmouth was an ardent waterfowl hunter – with a superb nose, who was more attentive to his human hunting companion than the setters and spaniels used at the time to retrieve. Tweedmouth took Nous to Scotland and, in 1868 and 1871, crossed him with Belle, a Tweed Water Spaniel. Tweed Water Spaniels (now extinct) were known to be avid retrievers in the hunting field, and exceptionally calm and loyal in the home – characteristics found in today’s Golden Retrievers.Nousand Belle’s descendants were bred with Wavy- and Flat-coated retrievers, another Tweed Water Spaniel, and a red setter. Tweedmouth kept mostly yellow puppies to continue his breeding programme, and gave others to friends and relatives, and it is not surprising that the Tweedmouth breed first attracted attention for its hunting abilities. One of the best known was Don de Gerwyn, a descendant of one of the liver-haired Tweedmouths, who won the International Gundog League trial in 1904.The Kennel Club of England officially recognised the Golden Retriever as a distinct breed in 1911. At that time, they were classified as “Retriever – Yellow or Golden”. In 1920, the breed name was officially changed to Golden Retriever and the American Kennel Club recognised the breed in 1932. Today, the Golden Retriever is the second most popular breed in the United States.

Breed Characteristics:
Adaptability:
3/5
All Around Friendliness:
5/5
Health And Grooming Needs:
4/5
Trainability:
4/5
Physical Needs:
4/5
Vital Stats:
Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
Height: 21 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 55 to 75 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 12 years

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