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Breed origin: Scottish Highlands
Original purpose: Hunting dog.
AKC recognized: 1925
AKC group: Sporting
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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Rich, lustrous golden of various shades.
10 to 12 years.
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.
Good with children?
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Good with other dogs?
Good with cats?
OK for inexperienced owners?
OK in apartments?
Yes if given enough exercise.
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Good jogging partner?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
service or guide dog (for the blind, deaf or disabled), obedience, agility, search and rescue, therapy, dock jumping, field, flyball
Daily walks or other forms of exercise, including swimming.
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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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Golden Retriever Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Golden Retriever Rescue Groups