Golden Retriever

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The Golden Retriever is a wonderful family dog. They have a higher need for exercise and brushing, but are excellent companions.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 9in - 2ft 0in
Weight: 55-75lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly5/5
  • Stranger-Friendly5/5
  • Dog-Friendly5/5
  • Barking Amount2/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount4/5
  • Easy to Train5/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Golden Retriever Information


It would take a fool not to understand the universal appeal of the Golden Retriever. First off, there’s the jubilant, friendly personality that could melt even the iciest heart. Also, observe the adoring affection he gives to all those around him. Additionally, he is intelligent and easily trained. There’s a reason why this is a popular choice for guide and companion dogs! Last but certainly not least, the Golden Retriever features an adorable, sincere face and a glorious golden coat that sets him apart from all the other dogs.

Golden Retrievers make the ultimate family dog – they’re easy-going, great with kids and other dogs, and do well with training. If you welcome this pup into your home, remember they need lots of exercise and regular brushing.

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Golden Retriever History

The original breeding of the Golden Retriever comes from mid-19th century Scotland. Water spaniels were bred with existing retrievers to make a breed that was more suitable for both land and water use. These dogs were used for hunting waterfowl across marshy lands and rivers.

Notable Golden Retrievers include US Presidential dogs Liberty, of Gerald Ford, and Victory, of Ronald Regan. The breed has also appeared in TV & Movies such as Air Bud, Full House, Homeward Bound, and Up.

Golden Retriever Grooming

The Golden Retriever will shed its longer hair once or twice a year. During this time, it’s good to brush them daily if you want to keep the hair cleaned up. Otherwise, their shedding will be more moderate. They need occasional baths to keep clean. Their ears and nails should be checked regularly.

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Golden Retriever Exercise

Goldens require a good amount of exercise as they are a sporting, hunting breed. They enjoy long runs or walks, playing fetch, or going to the dog park. In addition, they are trainable to participate in various dog sports.

Golden Retriever Training & Temperament

Golden Retrievers are loving and always looking to please. This makes them very easy to train. It’s a good idea to start early with training and socialization to get a well-mannered dog. They make great family pets and are good with children.

Golden Retriever Health

Goldens are healthy dogs. It’s essential to watch for elbow and hip issues and avoid putting too much stress on them, especially as they get older. They should have their teeth brushed often and ears checked & cleaned to prevent infection.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Golden Retrievers be apartment dogs?

Golden Retrievers aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Golden Retrievers be left alone?

While Golden Retrievers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Golden Retrievers good with kids?

Golden Retrievers are typically excellent with kids. As with any dog it's important to monitor them around children, however they are often very gentle.

Are Golden Retrievers friendly with strangers?

Golden Retrievers love other people and will tend to run up to them for affection. They quickly become great friends with anyone.

Do Golden Retrievers get along with other dogs?

Golden Retrievers get along great with other dogs. They are very social and tolerate other dogs, where you typically need to watch the other dog more than your own.

Do Golden Retrievers bark a lot?

A Golden Retriever will most often bark only when alerting about something. They likely need something or see a stranger if they're barking.

Do Golden Retrievers shed a lot?

Golden Retrievers shed quite a bit. You'll need to brush them often to limit the hair on your floors and clothing.

Do Golden Retrievers need a lot of grooming?

Golden Retrievers don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercise?

Expect Golden Retrievers to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Golden Retrievers easy to train?

The Golden Retriever is smart and extremely trainable. They will learn commands quickly and love the bond of training with their owner.

Can Golden Retrievers handle cold weather?

Golden Retrievers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Golden Retrievers handle hot weather?

Golden Retrievers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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