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Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever Characteristics: The magnificent, companionable super intelligent Golden Retriever is a breed of Medium to Large dog classified as a member of the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1925).

The Golden Retriever, is characterized by its magnificent appearance with an energetic, alert expression.

Other characteristics of this ever popular breed include dark brown, medium sized, triangular shaped eyes; short, drop ears; a thick, muscular, tapering tail and a smooth, powerful gait. The tail of the Golden Retriever is thick at the base with feathering along the underside.

The temperament of the Golden Retriever can be described as Trustworthy, Friendly, Confident. The coat type of the Golden Retriever is described as smooth, double coat in golden colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Golden Retriever demonstrated the desired traits of a Retriever and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "World's Most Popular Dog". The origin of the Golden Retriever dog breed was in United Kingdom where it was developed in the 1800's. The fabulous Golden Retriever ranks number 4 in the smartest dogs list.

Golden Retriever Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1925): The Golden Retriever is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1925).

Other names for the Golden Retriever: The Golden Retriever is known by the nickname of the "World's Most Popular Dog". Other names for this breed of dog include the Goldy, Goldie and Golden Flat Coat.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Golden Retriever" derives from description of the dog's coat color and its ability as a retrieving dog.

Golden Retriever History and Origin: The country of origin of the Golden Retriever breed was in United Kingdom during the 1800's. The Golden Retriever hunted by air scent, loved the water, and was trained to pick up, or retrieve,  and return small game or water fowl that had been killed by the hunter.

The story of the Golden Retriever began with the rise in the popularity of Retriever type dogs when the when more efficient breech-loading shotguns became quicker to load   and required a fast, intelligent retrieving dog to gently retrieve the game without causing damage but in a speedy fashion. The Golden Retriever became a highly successful Gun Dog (Bird Dog).

Golden Retriever History: Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth (29 December 1820 4 March 1894), also known as the Laird of Guisachan and Glenaffric, is credited with developing the Golden Retriever at his Guisachan estate in the Scottish Highlands. In 1865 Lord Tweedmouth purchased a yellow retriever he called "Nous" from a litter of Wavy-Coated Retrievers and established a breeding program to develop a new breed of hunting dog.

He crossed his rare  'Yellow Retriever' with the local but now-extinct Tweed Water Spaniel called 'Belle' which had a liver-coloured coat. (The word "liver" signified any shade of hair from yellow to brown). Four yellow puppies were produced from this pairing, named Crocus, Cowslip, Primrose and Ada.

The yellow-gold color was extremely unusual, as during this period all Retrievers were typically black. Later crosses were made with the Irish Setter and the and the Flat Coated Retriever. The result of the breeding program was the intelligent, agile retriever that could work that had the stamina to travel for long distances in difficult hilly terrain, across heavy, dense vegetation, and in icy cold water.

The clever Golden Retriever was easyto train and had a soft mouth which was perfect for returning game undamaged to the hunter. The attributes of the dog, its kindly expression and its distinctive "double" golden coat held such an immediate appeal that the Golden Retriever became an immediate success and quickly rose in popularity. The Golden Retriever was exported to the United States in 1894 and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1925. The Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) was established in 1938.

Golden Retriever Modern History: The modern history of the Golden Retriever moved on and the breed is now used as a super intelligent, gregarious and responsive family pet and companion. The Golden Retriever ranks as Number 4 in the Smartest Dog List. Other duties undertaken by the clever Golden Retriever include that of a Guide dog and a seizure response dog or a service dog for people with epilepsy.

Golden Retriever Modern History - the Goldendoodle: During the 1990's dog breeders, retaining the unique golden color with the energy and trainability of the Golden Retriever with the low shedding coat and intellect of the Poodle to produce a 'Designer Dog' breed called the Goldendoodle.

Golden Retriever - Homeward Bound (1993 movie): The 'Incredible Journey' movie features "Shadow", a wise, old Golden Retriever (voiced by American Actor Don Ameche).

This heart warming Disney film featuring the Golden Retriever proved to be a great favorite with both kids and adults.

Golden Retriever - Air Bud (1997 movie): The real story of a Golden Retriever called Buddy (1988 1998) is told in the 2012 book Go Buddy! written by his owner Kevin di Cicco. Buddy, sometimes credited as Buddy the Wonder Dog became famous for playing Buddy in the 1997 movie 'Air Bud'.

Golden Retriever - Up (2009 movie) and Bailey's Billion$: The popular 2009 Disney movie 'Up', produced by the Pixar Animation Studio, features a Golden Retriever called "Dug". In the movie the lovable but misfit Golden Retriever "Dug" communicates with people through a device on his collar. The Golden Retriever was also featured in the 2005 movie "Bailey's Billion$".

Golden Retriever Height: The Golden Retriever breed is classified as a Medium to Large sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 22-24 inches (56-61cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 20-22 inches (51-56 cm).

Golden Retriever Weight: In this medium to large sized dog, the weight of a male dog is 65-75 lb (29-34 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 55-65 lb (25-29 kg).

Golden Retriever Coat Type: The coat type is described as a smooth, double coat.

Golden Retriever Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include Golden, Light Gold, Dark Golden and Cream.

Golden Retriever Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Golden Retriever is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of the Golden Retriever is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.

Golden Retriever Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 6-10 puppies. Golden Retriever puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Golden Retriever puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Golden Retriever Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Magnificent, Trustworthy, Friendly, Confident and Companionable.

Golden Retriever Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Golden Retriever requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a strident, smooth, effortless gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements.

If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game. loves games that
involve retrieving and carrying things.

Golden Retriever Diet: A fully grown Golden Retriever should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Golden Retriever Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Golden Retriever breed include Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia, Eye problems. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Golden Retriever dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Golden Retriever Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Golden Retriever breed is 10-13 years.

Golden Retriever Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Golden Retriever breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Golden Retriever names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Rufus *** Beau *** Sparky *** Rogue *** Sabre *** Charlie *** Chaos *** Apollo *** Vulcan *** Pluto.

Golden Retriever Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Golden Retriever names are Reba *** Katie *** Sadie *** Juno *** Misty *** Lady *** Ginger *** Precious *** Bella *** Gracie.

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