Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Main sporting role:
Retrieving
Size:
Large
Lifespan:
Over 10 years
Exercise:
2 or more hours a day
Coat length:
Medium
Vulnerable status:
No

Since its foundation in mid-19th century Scotland, this handsome retriever with a keen desire to work in cover and water has played an important role in field sports. The breed’s founder Baron Tweedmouth sought a specialist gundog able to retrieve birds over longer distances and in more difficult terrain.

Intelligent, gentle and confident, the golden is highly adaptable, willing to carry out many tasks in addition to retrieving. It is an ideal choice for families with children and gets along with other people and dogs. Attractive and athletic, it has a broad skull and medium length coat in many shades of gold. It is slow to mature and sensitive and does not respond well to harsh handling or training.

The golden is well suited to working as a peg dog, picking up or wildfowling. It is widely used in service roles and is a top performer in sports like agility, obedience and working trials.

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