The Golden Retriever is the all American dog. It's perfect for families and is actually one of the most popular dogs in the country. This popularity stems from many things. Goldens are totally family oriented. They'll blend right into yours. If you've got kids, the dog will play as long as the child wants to. These dogs are gentle when necessary and athletic when called for. They love to swim, are proficient at obedience training, perfect for therapy uses, and are extremly eager to please. These are sociable dogs that are just fine around other pets and people. They're very friendly and love to play fetch. Perhaps a little too much. If you're searching for the perfect family dog, you can't go wrong with the lovable and affectionate Golden Retriever.
Continue reading to learn more about the Golden Retriever, otherwise known as a Golden.
Popularity: Extrememly popular.
Trainability: Easily trainable for obedience training and therapy work as well as hunting, retrieving and swimming.
Size/Weight: Muscular, medium to large sized dog, weighing in at an average of 55-75 pounds.
Origin Location/Date: Originated in the United Kingdom, Scotland and England and has been bred for hundreds of years (since 1860).
Energy Level: Medium to high energy, enjoy outdoor play and swimming.
Temperament: Very affectionate, great with both children and families, wonderful and trusted companion.
Necessary Space: Suited well for smaller areas, such as apartments and houses as well as a variety of larger areas.
Talents: Admired for its uncanny ability to retrieve waterfowl (ducks, birds) while hunting, great swimmers.
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years.
Group: Sporting group.
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Golden Retriever puppy and dog: retriever, hunter, friendly, reliable, intelligent, kind, trustworthy, confident, popular, loyal, sociable, good with children, good with families, trainable, obedient, swimmers, lovable, eager to please.