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Golden Retriever: Origin, Temperament, Training, Exercise (Yellow Retriever, Goldie, Golden)
KCGB: Gun Dog
AKC: Sporting Dog
Ranking: 7 in KCGB
About Golden Retriever
Country of Origin, History of the breed
Like many of the sporting
breeds, the Golden Retriever was developed
in Britain in the 1800s. The dog was bred
on the Guisachan Estate in Scotland, which
was owned by Lord Tweedmouth. Here, the Golden
Retriever initially evolved from crossing
a yellow Retriever of flat-coat ancestry with
a local and now extinct breed known as the
Tweed Water Spaniel – a Retriever with
a tightly curled coat.
Lord Tweedmouth’s goal was
to breed a hunting dog that would be stronger and
more active than other Retriever breeds in existence
at the time. As a rugged, medium-sized dog, the
breed was valued for its ability to hunt on land
and in water. Sportsmen admired the dog's athletic
ability and diligence while their families enjoyed
the gentle, friendly nature of the pet. By the late
1800s, the Golden Retriever was well known in North
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A General Description of the Dog
The Golden Retriever is a strong,
medium sized dog with a moderately round skull and
ears that are triangular, pendant (hanging) and
fall approximately to the level of the jaw. In the American line of Golden Retrievers, the eyes are set farther apart and are slanted and triangular in shape, compared to the British line. Males
have a broader skull and muzzle and a thicker neck
than females. The dog’s medium to dark brown
eyes have a deep and gentle expression with a spark
of intelligence. The body is slightly longer than
tall and is well angulated in the rear. The powerful
dog gaits with fluid movement; its thick, muscular
tail is carried level with the back and is almost
Goldens with undershot or overshot
jaws and dogs more than an inch off the stated height
are disqualified in the show ring.
The Golden coat is dense and water-repellent
with a thick undercoat. The outer coat is firm and
resilient and can be straight or wavy; the legs,
underbelly, neck and tail are feathered with longer,
lighter hair. As the name suggests, the coat color
can range from cream to gold, but must not border
on red or mahogany. With the exception of greying
or whitening of face or body due to age, any white
marking, other than a few white hairs on the chest,
are not permitted in the breed standard.
The AKC standard states that males
should be 23-24 inches in height at withers; females
Male: 65-75 pounds;
Female: 55-65 pounds.
Temperament of the Dog
The Golden Retriever is a delightful
dog with an excellent temperament both as a gundog
or family pet. The playful, affectionate, trustworthy
dog has an amiable personality that endears him
to young and old alike. As the Golden Retriever
matures, its personality develops patience and perseverance.
Although not generally a boisterous
breed, this pet will announce visitors and is a
good choice for a first pet provided that the owner
is capable of managing a dog of this size and strength.
Golden Retrievers are valued as
hunting dogs because they can sit for hours in a
concealed hunting area, and they can retrieve wild
game in cool water or wooded areas. Its steady,
agreeable temperament makes it a dependable guide
dog for the blind; its concentration and tracking
skills make the Golden a success as a Search and
Rescue dog; and its gentle nature and loving ways
lend themselves to therapy work.
If the Golden has a drawback as
a pet, it is his perpetual effervescence, which
can get him into trouble with other dogs and can
be an annoyance for owners not able to give him
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
As companion animals, this breed
retains an active physical presence and enjoys playing
indoors as well as outside. They are suited to both
indoor and outdoor environments.
Are they suited to homes
The dog’s affable, gentle
nature makes it an ideal choice for a home with
children and other pets.
The Golden Retriever is an intelligent
and highly trainable dog. In addition to being adept
hunters, this breed has been trained as guide dogs
for the blind, assistance dogs for the disabled
and their keen noses have earned them worldwide
recognition as sniffer dogs.
The dog responds best to reward-based
methods and enjoys working for treats and praise.
The Goldie will enjoy training accompanied by ‘play
time,’ consisting of age-appropriate toys
or ‘fetching’ activity. Retrievers do
well in obedience training due to their focus on
their trainer. Training must be gentle and consistent,
never harsh, even for the dog that is easily distracted.
However, firmness is also necessary,
for a 70-pound dog with bad manners is a nuisance.
Early socialization and puppy classes are important
for a Goldie pup who must learn to curb his natural
friendliness to other dogs and his exuberance for
This energetic dog requires an
abundant amount of daily exercise. Bred as a hunting
and sporting dog, the Golden enjoys games of fetch,
swimming and playing with other dogs. Golden Retrievers
also enjoy ‘hide-and-seek’ games and
will quickly perceive how the game is played and
what is expected.
Golden Retrievers enjoy running
along with an owner, but breeders recommend waiting
until the dog is fully grown before engaging in
running activity, or you can permanently damage
the dog’s joints. Owners should keep in mind
that puppies should not have exercise forced upon
them, especially if they are under eighteen months
The Golden Retriever has a smooth
coat of medium length that is easy to groom. The
coat responds well to a palm-sized comb or brush,
containing firm bristles. Attention should be paid
to the dog’s undercoat as it has greater density
than the outer coat. It is recommended that a dry
shampoo be used to clean the dog, bathing the animal
only when necessary (to prevent coat dryness), and
preferably not more than twice a month.
Golden Retrievers also benefit
from regular brushing, once daily if possible. Brushing
helps to promote a shiny, healthy coat and decreases
shedding. The owner needs to check nails and have
them trimmed if there is no natural wear. Feet can
be trimmed of excess fur to expose nails and prevent
slipping when the dog walks. Excess fur can be trimmed
around the footpads but not between the pads themselves
(to prevent chafing).
Golden Retrievers who hunt on
land and are allowed to swim require special attention.
Running in the woods can cause small foreign bodies
such as burrs and other flora to become lodged under
the eyelid or in an ear causing the surface of the
eye and the ear to become irritated and inflamed.
A generally healthy dog to begin
with, careless and indiscriminate breeding has taken
a toll on the Goldie, making the breed susceptible
to progressive retinal atrophy, an eye disorder
that causes blindness; entropion; epilepsy; osteochondrosis;
Von Willebrand's Disease, a bleeding disorder; cataracts;
heart problems; and skin conditions. A poorly bred
pup is also likely to suffer from aggression or
other behaviour problems.
Goldens are highly susceptible
to hip and elbow dysplasia, conditions that can
be triggered or exacerbated by too-rapid growth
of puppies. The breed tends to put on weight easily
and a combination of a healthy balanced diet and
regular exercise is needed to keep the dog slim
Cancer (it is the #1 cause of death
in all Retrievers and is especially common in Goldens).
Breeding the Dog and any
Goldens used for breeding should
be put to the test, particularly for hip dysplasia
and eye problems. Breeders should be more eager
to show a prospective customer these documents than
they are to show off the trophies on the mantelpiece.
All breeders should keep accurate health, breeding,
registration and pedigree records for every dog
in their care. These records are the most important
papers that go with a puppy to its new home. Keep
in mind that a good breeder will always take back
a puppy that a buyer cannot cope with, or help find
it a new home.
The average life span of a Golden
Retriever is ten to thirteen years, though there
are reports of some dogs living until the age of
twenty to twenty-five years, with healthy breeding
and life style.
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National Breed Club
In the United Kingdom, The Golden
Retriever Breed Council promotes the Golden Retriever.
In the United States, The Golden
Retriever Club of America represents this breed.
The Kennel Club in the United
Kingdom initially accepted the Golden Retriever
breed for registration in 1903. At that time, the
breed was named ‘Flat Coats, Golden.’
The breed was first recognized as a Retriever in
1911, and the breed name was officially changed
to Golden Retriever in 1920.
In the United States, the first
Golden Retriever was registered at the American
Kennel Club (AKC) in 1894. The AKC first recognized
the breed in 1932.
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