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Golden retriever


Golden Retriever profile

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Lifespan:   10-14 Years

Avg height:   53-60cm

Avg weight:   25-34kg

Coat type:  Double-coated, straight or wavy, flat to the body with a dense water-resistant undercoat

Coat colours: Various shades of gold

Originally bred for:  Retrieving

Breed traits:   Obedient, overly friendly, playful and loving


A little about Golden Retrievers

The Golden Retriever is a very friendly and kind dog, and is generally described as "everyone’s friend". They are athletic and love games, particularly retrieving as well as affection from their owner. 




The Golden Retriever is a fairly healthy breed, but some hereditary problems can be passed on such as hip and elbow dysplasia. They are also known to occasionally experience skin problems and allergies, as well as lymphoma, eye disorders, hypothyroidism, hemangiosarcoma, cruciate disease, and otitis externa.


A day in the life of "Daisy" 

I watch out the window, tail twitching with anticipation. Where is my person taking me? This isn’t the way to the park. It’s been a long time in the car...

The car slows to a stop. There are bushes everywhere. This is a pretty big park! My person opens the door and I wait patiently to be unbuckled, front legs dancing. Hurry up.

‘Come on, Daisy,’ my person coos, ushering me out of the car and I spring into action. We walk to a set of wooden stairs leading downward. In a smooth motion, I work my way down onto – What. Is. This?

It’s so soft on my paws! The sand between my toes crunches and grinds as I run, but I barely notice as I sniff. What is that? It’s a salty smell in the air. I look up and—

This has to be the biggest pond I’ve ever seen. My person is running towards it, but I outrun them and charge straight into the waves. The water runs away and I try to chase it, only to have it race back toward me. I snap at it playfully, and the waves lash against my legs, splashing up to drench my face. This time when I chase the waves, my legs lift off the ground and I begin to paddle, the water gently churning between my toes.

I see my person. She has the ball! For what seemed like hours, I played and played – attention switching between the giant pond and the ball.

The sun gets low in the sky and with a call from my person, I know it’s time to go. Back up the stairs and into the car we go and my eyes close and I drift away, dreaming about the smell of salt and the grit of sand.

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.