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All About the Golden Retriever

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If you’re looking for a dog that has it all, look no further than the Golden Retriever. In the world of dog breeds, the Golden could easily win a congeniality award. Well-known for their intelligence, friendliness, and patience, the sweet Golden Retriever has earned its place as one of America’s favorite family dogs. It’s not hard to see why this breed draws admiration from nearly everyone they meet. Their beautiful appearance is rivaled only by their sweet disposition and general friendliness.

Whether you’re seeking an excellent family dog, a running buddy, or even a hunting companion, you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for (and then some) in a Golden. From their irresistibly silky coats to their loving personalities, the Golden has something for everyone to love.

All About the Golden Retriever

Physical Characteristics

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The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized dog in the Sporting group. A healthy golden stands at approximately 22-24 inches tall and weighs roughly 55-75 pounds. Their dense, water-resistant double coat comes in varying shades ranging from a radiant white-blonde to a dark red and needs frequent brushing to keep shedding at bay.

Personality and Temperament

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Anyone who meets a Golden has met a friend for life. The Golden Retriever is known for their kindness, patience, and abounding love for anyone they meet, making them excellent family dogs. They rank high on the scales for intelligence and eagerness to please their owners, making them a very trainable breed.

Although the Golden Retriever is intelligent and sweet, their friendly disposition and trusting nature put them at a disadvantage when it comes to guarding duties. This is not to say that a Golden Retriever couldn’t defend it’s family or guard a home, but those behaviors don’t typically come first-nature to them.

Caring for a Golden Retriever

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Endlessly optimistic with energy levels to match, Goldens are natural athletes. In fact, they were originally bred for retrieving waterfowl for hunters. If you’re considering bringing a Golden Retriever into your home, you’ll need to plan on daily walks, long games of fetch, or agility training.

Golden Retrievers are also moderate shedders and require frequent brushing to keep their coats beautiful and healthy. In addition to their exercise and grooming needs, they also require plenty of time with their “pack.” Goldens are very social dogs and do not like to be left alone for extended periods.

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