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golden retrievers

Breed Overview

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Quick facts

The ever-popular Golden Retriever is intelligent, friendly, and incredibly loyal.

Lifespan10-12 Years
TemperamentFriendly, Loyal, Smart
Shedding AmountHigh
Breed GroupSporting

Available golden retriever Puppies

Personality & Training

Tendency to Bark




Good For:
  • Kids
  • Cats
  • Other Dogs
  • Large Living Spaces
  • Seniors
  • First Time Pet Owners
  • Cold Climates
  • Water Activities

What golden retriever Owners Say About Their golden retrievers

  • Kobi, our Golden, is a sweet, lovable, happy puppy. She is doing well with her training, and is a pistol much of the time, but that's expected. She has adjusted well to our home and me. Kobi is such a joy to have as my buddy. "
  • We are very happy with our Golden Retriever. She is so sweet and cute. She is very friendly and calm most of the time, yet playful.
  • My Golden Teddy Bear keeps me very busy! He is an added joy to my life! Struggling a little with the training part, as I never trained a puppy before. It is challenging but well with it. He brings happiness to me every day. There is nothing like a live for your pet, and he loves me back just as much.

Physical Characteristics


Females: 22 - 23 in
Males: 23 - 24 in


Females: 55 - 65 lbs
Males: 65 - 75 lbs

Grooming Requirements

Brush Weekly, Bathe as Needed

Drool Amount


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White MarkingsBlack MarkingsNo Markings
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About golden retrievers

Few dog breeds are as iconic or as recognizable as the Golden Retriever. Intelligent, friendly, and loyal to a fault, it's easy to see why Golden Retrievers continually rank among the most popular dog breeds in the United States, and across the globe.


Characteristically gentle, intelligent, and eager to please, the capable breed is both easy to train and incredibly devoted to its owners. The Golden Retriever's highly sociable temperament and affectionate personality make them a great decision for first-time dog owners, and dog owners with children.


Initially bred as "gun dogs" for the purpose of finding and retrieving games, the breed is well adapted to its role of retriever. In fact, Golden Retrievers are known to sometimes retrieve items throughout the house without command, like slippers or even the morning paper.


The Golden Retriever is one capable pooch. The breed is so versatile that the very term Golden Retriever is synonymous with guide dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs of all kinds.


Typical Golden Retrievers are active, and fun-loving animals with the exceptionally patient demeanor befitting a dog bred to sit quietly for hours in a hunting blind. Unsurprisingly the affectionate breed is well known for its friendly temperament and incredibly social personality.


Cheerful, trustworthy, and very eager to please, Golden Retrievers make great family dogs.


Barking is friendly, not defensive. In fact, the Golden Retrievers have a reputation for being exceptionally gentle and sweet with children and other pets, even cats.

golden retriever Care

Golden Retrievers are also instinctively drawn to the water. Therefore, it's always a good idea to fence off potentially dangerous areas like pools and backyard ponds.

Golden Retrievers are affectionate, intelligent and very eager to please. Compared to other high energy breeds, caring for a Golden Retriever is relatively straightforward. Golden Retrievers are easy to train and forgiving of any mistakes made by first-time dog owners.

The breed is exceptionally friendly and very gentle, which means Goldens don't make the best guard dogs. Large, intelligent dog breeds such as the Golden Retriever are also prone to separation anxiety when left alone for an extended period of time. Therefore, while separated from your Golden Retriever it’s always a good idea to ensure they have plenty of toys and distractions in the dog's environment.

Golden Retrievers possess a medium-length double coat that is dense enough to repel water and insulate the body from the elements. Therefore, they also shed a great deal. Regular brushing will remove a significant amount of loose fur from your Golden's coat, and incidentally your home.

Golden Retrievers are known for their energy and playfulness. They require rigorous activity to burn up the excess energy inherent in the breed. However, Golden Retrievers are also notorious coach potatoes when given the opportunity. Inactivity can lead to obesity in Golden Retrievers.

Golden Retrievers are sporting dogs and also need regular mental stimulation. Agility training is a great way to provide exercise for your Golden's body and mind. Golden Retrievers love outdoor exercise, especially swimming. However, as sporting dogs, Golden Retrievers can be easily distracted by birds and other animals. A leash is always recommended when outside a safe fenced-in area.

golden retrievers FAQ

Absolutely. Golden Retrievers are incredibly affectionate, devoted, and gentle when properly trained, housebroken, and socialized.