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Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever originates from...

Believed to have been developed by Lord Tweedmouth in the late 1800s, the Golden Retriever has its roots in the Scottish Highlands where it was selectively bred for the purposes of hunting, tracking and retrieving upland game, as its name would suggest. By crossing the original flat-coated Retriever with the Tweed Water Spaniel - a breed that is now extinct - the Golden Retriever came into existence, possessing a versatility unmatched by any other canine breed. Despite the general belief in Lord Tweedmouth's claim to the Retriever, analysis of paintings, studbooks and related sources suggests that the breed was in existence long before the 1800s. Today, the modern Golden Retriever is widely considered one of the most popular breeds, not only as a companionable house dog but in obedience, service and therapy.

The Golden Retriever is characterised by...

Easily identifiable for its wavy golden coat, the Retriever is medium-sized with a straight muzzle, large brown eyes, feathering on ears, back of legs, underside of tail and front of neck. The dense, double-coat is common in colour variations of rich gold and cream. Due to its keen senses, gentle temperament and adaptability, the modern Golden Retriever is utilised in various services, including search and rescue, animal-assisted therapy, arson and drug detection and as a guide dog for the blind. As with all retrievers, the Golden Retriever loves water, whether in a pool, lake or the sea.

The average Golden Retriever...

Highly trainable, the breed is the ideal choice for the modern family or dedicated sole owner. Whilst a Golden Retriever might make a good watch dog, alerting its owner to the presence of a stranger, its capacity to guard is easily matched due to the breed's inherent love of people. Compatible with children and other domestic animals, the Golden Retriever is affectionate, loyal, obedient and fun-loving, making a great addition to any home setting. On average, a Golden Retriever will weigh 27-40 kg depending on its gender, with a life expectancy of 10-12 years when shown the appropriate care.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Breed-specific health complaints include hip dysplasia, skin allergies and congenital eye defects. More serious ailments specific to the Retriever include von Willebrand's disease - a bleeding disorder, heart disease and cancer, with the Golden Retriever being particularly prone to developing mast-cell tumours. Procuring weight easily, the feeding of human foods is not encouraged for this breed as even the smallest amount of excess fat can lead to detrimental weight gain.

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Our Golden Retriever owners' thoughts

31st Dec 2013
Michael Hall
  • VioVet Customer Since: December 2013
  • From: warwickshire, United Kingdom

I have owned 4 the latest is Callum who is larger than life and has a huge personality he enjoys singing and playing and he is very intelligent..

12th Jan 2014
Ian Boughey
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2009
  • From: Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Ronnie is our first family dog . She is very intelligent extremely friendly,she loves to play especially when it comes to water. Unfortunately Ronnie suffers from a skin complaint which is very dry and itchy. Without her medication she would be covered with open sores. This does not stop her being a very happy, crazy retriever who still loves to dig in the garden when we are not watching.

28th Jul 2014
Carol Rich
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2013
  • From: South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

I've been owned by two beautiful funny beautiful bracken who sadly died two years ago from cancer of the spleen and my gorgeous super clever talisman or tal as we call him now three months away from being 13!hes still funny and active gentle and kind but def no guard dog!love them and what lovely photos x

14th Dec 2014
Carole Armstrong
  • VioVet Customer Since: March 2010
  • From: Surrey, United Kingdom

I have 2 big boys, Sam & Barney, 5 & 6 years. They are a delight and make us laugh every day. They adore water and especially MUDDY water so not dogs for the house proud. I would never have another breed. I absolutely love them to bits.

19th Oct 2015
Sue Rush
  • VioVet Customer Since: May 2015
  • From: Essex, United Kingdom

I have 2 golden Retrievers one 8 years and the other 19 weeks. One a rich dark golden and the other cream. They are beautiful, loving and very kind. I lost my last 2 goldens last year but they both lived to 14 years old. I cannot think of my life without them they are my children.

6th Apr 2016
Annabelle Leete
  • VioVet Customer Since: April 2016
  • From: Hampshire, United Kingdom

Brinkley is my world - I love him with all my heart and he is my soul mate. He absolutely loves people, including the vet, goes crazy for some fuss and attention, and has a naughty sense of humor. He needs regular exercise, and can't be left for long periods of time and loves eating, muddy puddles, rolling cow pat, and the sea!
Goldies need 100% commitment and if you don't have time to give that to them, I suggest you think again about getting one. The effort any owner puts in to raising their dog, will be paid back in spades with a happy, contented and well-adjusted dog.

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