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Golden Retriever

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Breed information

Name                         Golden Retriever

Other names            –

Origin                        Great Britain

Size                             Large dog breeds

Group                        Sporting dog breeds (AKC)

Height                       Males: about 23 – 24 inches (app. 58 – 61 cm); Females: about 21 – 23 inches (app. 55 – 57 cm)

Weight                      Males about 64 – 77 lbs (app. 29 –35 kg); Females: 55 – 66 lbs (app. 25 – 30 kg)

Color                         Golden; Light Golden; Dark Golden

Litter size                 –

Life span                  About 12 years

For quite some years there was a legend about Golden Retrievers descending from Russian sheepdogs that were bought from a circus. Actually, the Retriever was developed in Scotland, more specifically at the highland estate of Sir Dudley Majoribanks, who was later known under the name of Lord Tweedmouth.

The breed is characterized as being sweet and calm. The Golden was initially bred to work with people, so it is only natural that he has a constant desire to please his owner. The breed is not bothered easily by the noise and commotion of children — actually, the Golden thrives on it. He is a large and quite strong dog, however, so he is not recommended for houses with small children. The breed generally has a pleasant attitude toward other pets. The Golden genuinely enjoy the company of other dogs, and if you provide him with proper introductions, as well as training, he can easily be trusted and get along with cats, rabbits, and other small animals.

He is easy to train and will do everything do please its owner.

The breed has a dense, water-repellent outer coat that comes along with a thick undercoat. Golden Retrievers are typically moderate shedders during the winter and summer, but they do shed heavily when spring and fall roll around. The Golden’s thick coat needs lots and lots of grooming. It is recommended that you brush it on a daily basis in order to prevent potential tangling, and brushing it once a week is the absolute minimum that you can go by. You would also have to bathe your Golden at least once every month, often times more frequently, if you want him to look and smell clean.

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