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Golden Retriever

Breed origin: Scottish Highlands
Original purpose: Hunting dog.

AKC recognized: 1925
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Weight: males 65 to 75 lbs; females 55 to 65 lbs
Size: Height: males 23 to 24 inches; females 21½ to 22½ inches
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Color: Rich, lustrous golden of various shades.

Life span: 10 to 12 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Golden Retriever is intelligent, friendly, active, alert, self-confident, reliable, and trustworthy. They are eager to please, and are adaptable to many different living situations. They are typically friendly even with strangers, and are patient with children. They are athletic and energetic and do require daily exercise and/or involvement with a competitive canine sport. In addition, they are excellent swimmers and generally love water. They are one of the most popular breeds, and make excellent family pets, hunting companions, as well as guide dogs and search and rescue dogs.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

Protective? No

OK for inexperienced owners? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes if given enough exercise.

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Intelligent? Highly

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: service or guide dog (for the blind, deaf or disabled), obedience, agility, search and rescue, therapy, dock jumping, field, flyball

Exercise requirement: Daily walks or other forms of exercise, including swimming.

Grooming requirement: The water-repellant double-coat sheds seasonally. Brush weekly, and trim the hair between pads of the feet and around the ears once a month.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cancer, gastric dilatation volvulus, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma, sub-aortic stenosis, cardiomyopathy, allergies, joint diseases.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Golden Retrievers for Dummies
By Nona Kilgore Bauer
Published in 2000
432 pages

Golden Retrievers (A Complete Owner's Manual)
By Jaime Sucher
Published in 2000
64 pages

The Golden Retriever Handbook
By D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.
Published in 2009
208 pages

My Rescued Golden: True Stories of Rescued Golden Retrievers and the People Who Love Them
By Marjorie McHann
Published in 2002
210 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Golden Retriever Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Golden Retriever Rescue Groups

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