The Golden Retriever is an intelligent and easily trained sporting breed. The Golden is willing to please at home, in the field or as a service dog.
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Finding a Golden Retriever
- Powerful build, pronounced ruff around neck; dark eyes and nose, and medium-sized ears
- Active, eager, friendly, loveable, trustworthy, smart, charming, alert, eager to please
- Interaction with people: Good family dog
- Interaction with animals: Good with other dogs
- Level of attention needed: Needs significant human companionship and affection; shouldn't be isolated for long periods of time
- Training: Easily trained
- Cancers (including lymphoma, mast cell tumors and hemangiosarcoma)
- Congenital cardiac disease (including subvalvular aortic stenosis)
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Opthalmic disorders (including cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, entropion, ectropion and Pigmentary uveitis)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Needs regular walking and a variety of exercise
- OK for apartments if sufficiently exercised
- Loves to play fetch
- Gains weight easily; do not overfeed
- Loves to swim
- Average shedder
- Needs to be brushed regularly and excessive hair on feet and ears needs to be trimmed occasionally
- Also known as "Goldens"
- A Golden Retriever called "Buddy" was the star of the Disney movie "Air Bud"
- "Comet," the family pet on the hit TV show "Full House," was a Golden Retriever
- President Gerald Ford had a Golden Retriever named "Liberty"
- The first three American Kennel Club Obedience Trial Champions were Golden Retrievers
- Originated in Great Britain in the late 1800s
- Ancestors include the Wavy Coated Retriever, Tweed water spaniel, and red setter.
- Brought to the U.S. in the 1920s
- This versatile breed is valued as a companion dog, as a hunting retriever, both on land and in the water, and as service dogs for the blind and disabled.