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Golden Retriever photo of a beautiful dog and some puppies  

Golden Retriever

If sporting dogs had a runway competition, Golden Retrievers would be one of the most beautiful breeds. They have a golden, flowing coat and loving attitudes with sweet expressions. Golden Retrievers are affectionate with their families, other humans, and other animals. Despite being large dogs, Golden Retrievers are dexterous ballroom dancers that win many freestyle dog dance competitions. They are also robust hunters. They are ideal family pets because of their good nature. Golden Retrievers are part of the AKC sporting group.

55-75 lbs

Height: 21-24”
Color: shades of gold that darken with age
Coat: long straight or slightly wavy with thick undercoat
Grooming: weekly
Longevity: 10-13 years
  Golden Retrievers are especially good at:
  • Great family dogs
  • Ideal for first-time pet guardians able to exercise a large pet
  • Athletic and are winning competitors in agility, dancing, hunting, and active events
  • Tolerate cold well and are reasonably tolerant of heat
  • Excel at obedience and therapy dog tasks
  • Easily trusted with children and other pets
  •   Watch out for with Golden Retrievers:
  • Lumps or growths that may indicate cancer
  • Over-feeding-Goldens love to eat
  • Leg sores (acral lick dermatitis) caused by anxiety or lack of exercise
  • Hot spots, feet chewing, or ear infections that develop subsequent to allergies
  • Sluggishness, dull coat, and obesity due to hypothyroidism
  • Painful arthritis especially of the hips and elbows
  • Seizures
    Golden Retriever Appearance
    Golden Retrievers are medium to large, active dogs with golden, flowing coats. Puppies’ coats are lighter and darken somewhat with age. Goldens have brown eyes with a kind, intelligent expression. They have triangular ears that hang down. The abdomen tucks up only slightly and there is a discernable narrowing over the flanks as the dog is viewed from above. The tail is strong and is feathered, as are the legs. The legs are strong and Goldens give the impression of being fit athletes.

    Golden Retriever Behavior
    Golden Retrievers are happy dogs that love activity but are not pushy and demanding. Goldens may become anxious and develop acral lick dermatitis or separation anxiety if they don’t receive consistent exercise and attention. Goldens are among the easiest to train of all breeds and are not inclined to bite. Most love to swim. They can be trusted with children and other pets. Suspect painful arthritis or another health problem if a Golden begins to bite or becomes irritable.

    Golden Retriever Health (dog breed health problems)

    Golden Retriever Bone and joint diseases such as arthritis and hip dysplasia
    Providing a natural, holistic diet helps prevent and manage bone and joint problems.  Over 15% of Golden Retrievers have hip dysplasia.

    Golden Retriever Allergies that predispose them to ear infections
    Providing a natural, holistic diet and vaccinating only when necessary and for the fewest diseases helps prevent and manage immune problems, such as allergies. Supplementing with Yucca Intensive also helps the immune system react normally rather than react in a hyper vigilant way to non-threatening substances such as grass or meat.

    Golden Retriever Hypothyroidism
    Low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism) is easily treated with medication, and many veterinarians believe the incidence of hypothyroidism is reduced if Golden Retrievers are not over-vaccinated.

    Golden Retriever Obesity
    Obesity is controlled with diet and exercise. The natural fat layer that protects Golden Retrievers from hypothermia when swimming should not be allowed to become a thick layer of padding. Feeding Taste Of The Wild helps prevent obesity.

    Golden Retriever Epilepsy
    Epilepsy is improved by avoiding toxins, strengthening the liver, and giving medication.

    Golden Retriever Cancer (such as lymphoma, fibrosarcoma, and hemangiosarcoma).
    Regular veterinary care increases the likelihood tumors will be detected early so they can be treated. Supplements with green tea help promote a properly functioning immune system that protects against cancer and infections. Be Well, which contains decaffeinated green tea, is a delicious health-promoting supplement.

    Golden Retriever g enetic information is available from many breeders to show that their dogs are free of epilepsy, hip, or elbow problems.

    Golden Retriever ohoto showing swimming, and with a snow covered face

    Golden Retriever Grooming
    Goldens have long double coats of an outer or primary hair and an inner or under coat. The thick coat may become matted unless groomed twice a week. Goldens shed throughout the year with increased shedding once or twice a year. Grooming with a FURminator markedly reduces shedding. Goldens do not need to go to a professional groomer to be trimmed. When active, especially when exercising over concrete or rough terrain, natural wear and tear keeps their nails short. There is little hair in the ears to hold moisture or debris, but the ears should be cleaned and dried after swimming. Ear cleansing medications help prevent yeast and bacterial infections from developing. Goldens are not prone to anal sac problems and healthy Goldens seldom need to have their anal glands expressed.


    Twice weekly

    Not necessary
    Self trimming if active on rough surfaces
    Eyes, Ears, & Face
    Use ear cleanser after swimming and check ears weekly

    Anal Sacs
    Seldom need to be expressed

    Recommended products for your Golden Retriever!

      Be Well   Taste Of The Wild Dry Dog Food   Be Serene   1-800-PetMeds Super Joint Enhancer  

    More Recommended Golden Retriever products (not pictured):

    Yucca Intensive
    1-800-PetMeds Ear Cleansing Solution

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