Golden Retriever Facts

Golden Retriever Facts
Golden Retriever is large type of dog that belongs to the group of Sporting Dogs. It originates from Scotland where it was created during the 19th century by mixing Yellow Flat-coated Retriever with Tweed Water Spaniel (that no longer exists). Golden Retriever was created to facilitate hunting of waterfowl (to retrieve shot birds both from the water and solid ground). Aside for hunting, Golden Retriever is often used as a working dog and kept as a house pet today. It is listed as the third most popular dog in the USA.
Interesting Golden Retriever Facts:
Golden Retriever can reach 22 to 24 inches in height and 55 to 80 pounds of weight.
Golden Retriever has thick waterproof double coat that can be straight or wavy. Depending on the variety, color of the coat ranges from pale cream to golden-reddish. Coat darkens with age.
There are three types of Golden Retriever that differ in size and color of the fur. British Golden Retriever has broader skull and lighter fur compared with other two types. American Golden Retriever is less muscular than the British and Canadian, while Canadian Golden Retriever is the tallest.
Golden Retriever has broad skull, round, dark-colored eyes, relatively short, drooping ears, large, muscular body and thick tail that is feathered on the bottom side.
Golden Retriever is the 4th smartest dog on the planet (first three places are reserved for Border Collie, Poodle and German Shepherd).
Golden Retriever is kind, friendly and loyal dog. It is suitable for families with children and other dogs. Golden Retriever is social animal and it doesn't like to spend time alone.
Golden Retriever is active breed. It requires long walks and vigorous exercises to stay healthy and fit. Golden Retriever also likes to swim and play in the water.
Golden Retriever is suitable for the rural and suburban areas and house with large backyard that it can explore during the day. It likes to sleep indoors, close to its family.
Golden Retriever is excellent watchdog that loudly barks when it detects unknown people at the door, but poor guard dog because it easily builds friendly bonds with strangers.
American presidents Ford and Reagan were proud owners of the Golden Retrievers.
Golden Retriever can be easily trained to serve as a guide dog for deaf and blind people, assistance dog for people with disabilities and therapy dog. Thanks to its excellent sense of smell, Golden Retriever is frequently used as a sniffer dog (to detect bombs) and as a search-and-rescue dog.
Golden Retriever sheds profusely and it requires daily brushing.
Golden Retriever gives birth to 5 to 10 puppies.
Golden Retriever is generally healthy breed, but it can suffer from hip dysplasia, cardiac and skin disorders and cancer.
Golden Retriever has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

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