The Golden Retriever Breed – Beautiful, Friendly and Active

The Golden Retriever is a beautiful dog that originated late in the eighteen hundreds in the Scottish Highlands. This breed was created by breeding a yellow Flat-Coated Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel, which is now extinct. These dogs quickly became one of the most popular breeds because of their many great qualities.

They are used for tracking and hunting, as bird dogs, for obedience competitions, as service dogs for the handicapped and for the detection of narcotics. Outside of the working abilities of the Golden Retriever, they make wonderful pets as they are great with children and with other dogs. In 1925, the AKC recognized the Golden Retriever as a breed.

Their coats makes these dogs very easy to care for. Their hair is medium in length and they have a smooth double coat. Caring for their hair is a fairly easy process. It is important to groom the undercoat and a bristle brush that is firm is the best tool for the job. It is good to use a dry shampoo to wash them but an occasional bath may be necessary. They do shed but it is considered to be an average amount when compared to some other breeds.

Golden Retrievers need to be exercised on a daily basis. You can take them out for a long walk around the neighborhood or have them run alongside of you as you take a ride on your bicycle. They have a natural instinct to follow the leader so when they are trained that the human is the leader they will heel and be right by your side. They love to chase and retrieve toys and balls and this can help them get the necessary exercise as well. When this breed does not get enough exercise you may find that they are hyperactive so be sure to take them out on a daily basis.

Some people are afraid to keep a Golden Retriever as a pet if they live in an apartment. While they are medium to large sized dogs, keeping them in an apartment is possible as long as you are willing to take them out to exercise on a regular basis. They do better when they have a large or medium size run in which they can run and play.

Golden Retrievers are prone to have some specific health conditions. These conditions include hip dysplasia, cancer, heart problems, and congenital eye defects. It is common for this breed to have skin allergies that require treatment by a veterinarian. They do gain weight fairly easily so their food intake should be monitored.

The average weight of a Golden Retriever is between 55 and 80 pounds and they are typically between 30 and 24 inches tall. These dogs are family friendly and have a life expectancy of between ten and twelve years. They are a great addition to any family and the owners typically, very quickly, fall in love with their personalities and their beauty.

Kevin Taylor is a Golden Retriever Trainer and breeding enthusiast, and enjoys helping others get started in this amazing hobby by sharing information about  the golden retriever