The Golden Retriever is one of the friendliest dog breeds which makes them a wonderful family dog. This breed is also very smart and strong, making them a very capable working dog. They are very well-rounded because they are hunting dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, therapy and guide dogs. Golden Retrievers are also very athletic and do well in agility activities as well as obedience.
Because of their athleticism, Golden Retrievers are in the Sporting Dogs breed group. Their height ranges from 1 foot 9 inches to 2 feet at the shoulder. They also weigh from 55 to 75 pounds so they are a pretty solid dog. Their lifespan is 10 to 12 years so make sure to take care of your pup for those years.
It was a legend, for many years, that the Golden Retrievers descended from Russian Sheepdogs from a circus. But in actuality, the breed was developed in Scotland at the estate of Sir Dudley Majoribanks who was later known as Lord Tweedmouth. Tweedmouth wanted to make the perfect dog by breeding all types of different dogs together. He was interested in making a dog that would have a great nose for hunting as well as be very attentive to his or her human companion. Aside from being a good hunting companion,Tweedmouth also wanted the dog to be very loyal and even-tempered in the home so they could be around children. The Kennel Club in England recognized the Golden Retriever as an actual breed in 1911 and they were classified as “Retriever-Yellow or Golden.” In 1920, the breed name was officially changed to the Golden Retriever. Today, the Golden Retriever is the second most popular breed in the United States.
The Golden Retriever was bred to work with people and is always eager to please their owner. They are very hard-wired and disciplined but must be well-raised and well-trained to make the most of their hard-working genes. Like all the other dogs that were talked about in this blog, the Golden Retriever needs early socialization of many different people, sounds, and experiences when they are young to ensure that they grow up to be well-rounded and good around people. Golden Retrievers are built for action and love being outdoors. They like to hike or jog and playing fetch outside, because true to their name, they love to retrieve. It is important to give a Golden Retriever a good 20 to 30 minutes of exercise twice a day so the dog will be mellow for the rest of the day. If the dog does not get a proper amount of exercise, they will have too much energy and it can lead to behavioral problems.
Golden Retrievers with Children
It is very common for Golden Retrievers to be part of a family with children. While they do love to be around children, they are very large and strong and can easily knock over a small child by accident. With this, a Golden Retriever has to be socialized early to be around children and learn how to interact with them. It is also important to teach children how to approach and touch the Golden Retriever. Interactions between dogs and children should be supervised at all times to make sure there is no biting or ear or tail pulling from either party. Golden Retrievers, aside from liking children, also like other dogs. They can also be trusted with cats, rabbits, and other small animals with proper introductions and training.
If you want a friendly companion, adopt a Golden Retriever now!