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Meet the Golden Retriever


Temperament: Friendly, Intelligent, devoted.

Breed Popularity: 3 out of 195 AKC breeds

Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)

Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Group: Sporting

The Golden Retriever is a sturdy, muscular dog of medium size, famous for the dense, lustrous coat of gold that gives the breed its name. The broad head, with its friendly and intelligent eyes, short ears, and straight muzzle, is a hallmark of the breed.

The Golden Retriever is said to have originated at the Guisachan (pronounced Gooeesicun) estate of Lord Tweedmouth at Inverness-Shire, Scotland. The most complete records of the development of the Golden Retriever are included in the record books that were kept from 1835 until about 1890.

Goldens are outgoing, trustworthy, eager-to-please family dogs, that are relatively easy to train. They take a happy and playful approach to life and maintain puppyish behavior into adulthood. These energetic gundogs enjoy outdoor play. For a breed built to retrieve waterfowl for hours on end, swimming and fetching are natural pastimes.

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