Perhaps you’re considering getting a golden retriever as a pet, or maybe you just got done watching a slew of puppy videos on YouTube (that hour just flew by, didn’t it?). Either way, you want to know more about the golden retriever, and you’ve come to the right spot. If the golden retriever is your favorite breed of dog, you’re not alone, as it is one of the most popular breeds of dog out there, as well as one of the smartest, but more on this beautiful dog’s intelligence later.
Today we are listing some of the interesting facts about the golden retriever, for the prospective dog owners out there, or those who just want to learn more about them without having to take the plunge and actually having one. We’ll be discussing everything from retriever-related statistics to famous golden retrievers we all know and love. If you’re one of the lucky ones that already have one of these kinds of dogs, or have made the decision to get one, this article on how to train your dog, along with this course on how to train your dog using a clicker will train you before you train them.
Facts About the Golden Retriever
In our discussion of the golden retriever today, we’ll be talking about some of the drier facts about the breed, but also we will be throwing in more fun little tidbits of knowledge that you may not have known. We’ll go from general breed info, including its history, all the way to listing some of the more famous golden retrievers in pop culture that you probably know and love. So sit back, put the cute YouTube videos on pause, and learn all about this smart and handsome pup. If you’re considering getting a dog, but haven’t quite decided on what kind, or even how to start the process, this course on planning for a successful dog adoption will walk you through the process, ensuring you don’t make any impulsive decisions.
- The golden retriever was first bred in the Scottish Highlands in the late 19th century by a gentleman named Dudley Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth (Lord Tweedmouth to you), a Scottish businessman and politician who bred dogs as a hobby. Other breeds that are found in the retriever’s lineage include the Flat-Coated Retriever, the Tweed Water Spaniel (an extinct breed), and the Irish Setter. The breed was first registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1925, and there are three types: the British, American, and Canadian types.
- The retriever was bred with an otherworldly scenting ability, mainly in order to to hunt birds in both land and water. It is generally a healthy breed, but can be prone to such diseases as hip dysplasia, heart issues, cancer, skin allergies, and eye problems.
- Because of its uncanny smelling abilities, in addition to its intelligence, the golden retriever is an ideal breed for training for many important jobs. They have been known to accompany people on search and rescue missions, act as guide dogs for the blind, sniff out bombs and drugs at airports, and has been known to partake in water rescue and lifesaving efforts. Want to teach your golden retriever, or other breed, some nifty tricks? This course on how to teach your dog over 25 different tricks will not only impress others, but will give your dog the discipline they need.
- Once fully grown, these dogs can stand as tall as 21-24 inches at their shoulders, and can weigh upwards of 60-75 pounds. Of course, goldens are incredibly friendly, but they may freak out any smaller children that might be around, possibly even knocking them down when excitedly greeting them.
- Golden retrievers are considered to be the fourth smartest dog breeds in the world, trailing behind border collies (1st), poodles (2nd), and German shepherds (3rd).
- Curious to know if you have the money to adopt a golden retriever? While adoption fees may vary, depending on where you live and what kind of services are offered, once you have your new friend at home, expect to pay anywhere from $600 to $800 a year on food, medical care, and other miscellaneous fees associated with the dog.
- Because of their intelligence, as well as their social nature, golden retrievers have been known to become sad and lonely when left alone for long periods of time by their owners. They need human interaction, in addition to canine interaction, and shouldn’t be left alone more than six or seven hours at a time. Besides becoming upset, they may even become physically ill from lack of exercise, so a daily walk and an hours worth of exercise is necessary to keep your furry friend healthy and happy. These dogs also tend to get overweight if fed too much, so make sure to feed your golden a consistent amount each day. If you want to teach your dog the proper way to take a walk, this course on polite leash walking will teach your dog how to be a perfect gentleman when on the town.
- Golden retrievers make great watch dogs, but terrible security dogs. They tend to bark loudly when a stranger approaches or any other danger presents itself, but will act very friendly to the “intruder” once they are physically in contact with each other.
- As puppies, this breed’s coat is very light, then starts to darken as it becomes older. Once fully grown, the golden’s coat may range in color from a pale cream color to a dark reddish gold hue. Their coats may be long or short, straight or wavy, and can be expected to shed pretty much all year round. Make sure to NEVER shave your golden, just brush them several times a week.
- The life expectancy of a golden retriever is about 12-14 years, with some of the more sturdy individuals lasting up to 16 years.
- When purchasing a golden, make sure to go through a reputable breeder who has ensured that the dogs are disease free and are ready for a new home. Stay away from dogs that are sold by pet stores, puppy mills, or any other irresponsible breeder. Use your best judgement when purchasing a dog.
- Not only is the golden retriever’s mouth soft to the touch, but its mouth grip is loose compared to other dogs. This is due to its retriever breeding, and also making it a good hunting dog and fetcher.
- Some famous golden retrievers include: Buddy from the Air Bud movies, Comet from Full House, Shadow from Homeward Bound, Duke (the talking retriever from the Bush’s Baked Beans commercials), and Liberty, President Gerald Ford’s dog. If you can’t get enough of watching golden retrievers star in movies, then you’re in luck, because there’s an entire subgenre of family friendly movies starring this camera-ready breed, including Napoleon, Bailey’s Billions, The Trial of Old Drum, as well as the Air Bud and Buddies series.
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