Now, if you’ve read many of our dog or cat articles, you’ll know that what we generally like to do is provide folks with some helpful information about a particular breed of dog or cat, so that if they are considering adopting such an animal, they’ll have a better idea if that’s a good idea or not.
Which we feel…
Works out pretty well. The only problem is that this approach doesn’t seem to make all that much sense when we’re talking about the Golden Retriever because let’s face it, just about everyone has met one of these awesome dogs over their lifetime, and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has ever had a bad experience with one!
What many folks who haven’t owned one of these fantastic animals may not know is that they are prone to develop quite a few medical issues, which is why we still decided to write this article so that if you are considering adopting a Golden Retriever puppy or rescue, you can get a little bit better idea of what that might be like.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Golden Retriever Dog Breed Fast Facts
Country of Origin: England
Original Purpose: Retrieving
Height: 21.5 to 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 to 75 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 12 years
Dog Breed Classification: Sporting
Origin of the Golden Retriever
Now, while we would all like to think of the Golden Retriever to be an “All American Dog” the truth of the matter is that these guys were originally developed in England, when in 1868 Lord Tweedmouth decided to cross breed a Wavy-Coated Retriever with a Tweed Water Spaniel.(1)
The puppies from this original litter were then cross breed with a variety of other breeds including:
- Black retrievers,
- Tweed Spaniels,
- Several different setter breeds,
- And even the Bloodhound breed.
Right around 1912, folks settled on what they had created which allowed several of the dog breed associations to begin “standardizing” the breed and ultimately “recognizing” the breed as an independent dog breed entirely. Which is exactly what occurred in 1925 when the American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognized the breed in the United States.
These dogs were initially valued for their hunting and retrieving skills, it really didn’t take much time at all for them to become one of Americas most popular companion animals, which is a title that they continue to hold even today!
Physical Characteristics of the Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever Breed is similar in a lot of ways to the Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Cocker Spaniel and Flat-Coated Retriever. He is a midsized dog, big but not too big, heavy, but not too heavy.
And the nice thing…
About these guys is that despite his size, he is pretty much the perfect family dog, regardless of whether you live in a small apartment or condo or a large estate.
He’s also a very…
Handsome dog with drop-dead good looks. Much of which is the result of his great looking coat which will actually come in a variety of different shades of gold.
But be warned…
This coat is a “double coat” so you’ll want to be sure to groom your “Golden” frequent to prevent him from developing and knots or tangles as well as to prevent your entire home from being covered in fur as well!
The nice thing is though…
Because the Golden Retrieves fur is so dense and actually quite water resistant, these guys will have no problem keep up with you in just about any weather condition. So, if you’re looking for a companion that will go on long hikes with your, or even just on a walk around the block, these guys will work out perfection for you.
Golden Retriever temperament and personality
Now, while we’re already talked a lot about the Golden Retriever temperament and personality it never hurts to mention the fact that these guys truly are loyal sweethearts.
Very social, Golden Retrievers are an ideal pet for family with kids of any ages. Heck, these guys are pretty much friendly with everyone their going to meet, even with strangers!
It’s pretty fair to say that the Golden Retriever is a lover, not a fighter, and is more likely to wag his tail at a stranger than be aggressive with them!
He is also lovely…
With other animals, even with cats. This makes him very different from other dogs that are also considered within the hunting or sporting group. You see, while a Golden Retrieve will make an excellent hunting companion, these guys are generally performing for you because it makes you happy. They just don’t seem to have a natural, hunt and kill instinct like many other “hunting” dogs have.
Which is nice…
Because this means that any other animals you might have living in the house are not going to be considered “potential” prey by your Golden Retriever and is also going to keep your kids from being chased around the house as well (unless of course they want to be in which your Golden will be more than happy to oblige).
Golden Retrieves are also really smart. So, while they may not attack a stranger, they will bark at someone that is approaching. This is why Golden Retrievers often times make some of the best “watch dogs” out there.
Golden Retriever common health concerns
Golden Retrievers have an expected life span of 10 to 13 years, which is pretty much the standard for breeds of this size. They are generally a healthy breed, but they are susceptible to a number of ailments.
Here is a list of genetic conditions and health disorders that Golden Retrievers could suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia,
- Sub-aortic stenosis,
- Elbow dysplasia,
- Osteochondrosis of the Elbow or Shoulder,
- Portosystemic shunts,
Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.
This is why…
We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.
Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?
No, probably not. But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?
For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.