Breed of the Week: Golden Retriever
Standing at approximately 21-24 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 55 and 75 pounds, the Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in America. Goldens have a long reaching gait and coat ranging from light cream to dark rust in color and typically falling in two layers- a dense undercoat and flowing weather proof outer coat.
Goldens are typically regarded as an even-tempered family dog and do well in almost all dog sports. Originally bred as a waterfowl hunting dog, the Golden Retriever is often attracted to water and can have boundless energy when needed. Most Golden Retrievers display an easy going and friendly demeanor and do well in homes with children and other pets when properly socialized
Like many similar sized pure bred dogs, the Golden Retriever has an average lifespan of 10-13 years and can have issues with hip dysplasia and various cancers. Skin allergies are also not uncommon.
• The Golden Retriever as we know it today was originally developed to withstand harsher weather conditions than many short-coated retrieving breeds.
• Often demonstrating empathetic strength and an enthusiasm for learning new things, many service dog organizations utilize Golden Retrievers in their breeding programs. They also tend to do well as therapy dogs.
• Golden Retrievers have done well in the media, as well. Many people are familiar with “Comet” from Full House and the many Goldens used in the “Air Bud” movie franchise.