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Golden Retrievers – Dog Breed Info, Facts, and Care Tips

Golden Retrievers
  • Adult Size: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
  • Adult Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Temperament: Kind, intelligent, and friendly

Golden retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States due to their friendly and intelligent temperament. They make great family pets and are easy to train.

Pros of Owning Golden Retrievers

Their outgoing and trustworthy personality makes them relatively easy to house-train. According to the Intelligence of Dogs by Stanley Coren, golden retrievers are ranked the fourth most intelligent breed. It takes fewer repetitions for golden retrievers to learn a new command.

They make great pet siblings. They will adapt and get along with other pets (big or small) you may have or plan to have at home. This includes cats as well.

Golden retrievers bark a lot, but their barks are fewer than most of the other dog breeds. Dogs will bark less as long as you give them plenty of exercise and social companionship.

Cons of Owning Golden Retrievers

They are large balls of energy. You will need to give golden retrievers plenty of daily exercise if you don't want them to engage in undesirable behaviors. They may not be a good fit for single owners who work late.

They are big (55- 75 pounds in weight) and hungry animals. You need to make sure you are making more than enough money to feed them moderately.

A solid dog brush is a must-have for golden retriever owners because they shed on a frequent basis. They also need to be groomed on a regular basis due to their long coat.

Top Question About Golden Retrievers

How Much Does a Golden Retriever Cost?

The price of a golden retriever will vary greatly based on a number of factors such as location, age, and breeder's expertise. It may be tempting to go with a golden retriever puppy at the lower-end of the price spectrum but keep in mind that there's probably a good reason why certain dogs are cheaper to buy than others. For example, Golden retrievers that only cost a few hundred dollars are likely to come with more health problems.

Where did the Golden Retriever Originate From?

The Golden Retriever was originally bred in Scotland. An event is held in Scotland to celebrate the founding of the dog breed. Back in 2018, about 361 golden retrievers gathered in Tomich, Scotland to celebrate the event.

How Much Exercise Does a Golden Retriever Need?

Be prepared to give your golden retriever plenty of exercise. To keep these dogs healthy and happy, it's an absolute must to give them consistent exercise daily. Aim to get your dog at least one hour of solid exercise per day.