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Golden Retriever

Active and fun-loving with a great charm (other names: Golden, Yellow Retriever)

Golden Retriever
origin:Great Britain
life expectancy:12-13 years
classification:Gun dog
height:51 to 61 cm
weight:25 to 36 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Easygrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Medium
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History [ edit ]

The Golden Retriever was developped in Scotland, by Sir Dudley Majoribanks, in the XIX century. According to Sir Majoribanks´ breeding records, he firstly crossed a Tweed Water Spaniel (breed now extinct) with a yellow-coloured retriever. Subsequent crossings included a Red Setter, a sandy-coloured Bloodhound, a St. John´s Water Dog of Newfoundland, a Springer Spaniel, and two more wavy-coated black Retrievers. Sir Majoribanks wanted to bred a dog that besides being more powerful than the previous retrievers would also be gentle with people and very trainable. His efforts were fully rewarded: the Golden Retriever is a multi-purpose dog, easy to handle, with a most pleasing personality and one of the most popular and successful breeds in the world. This breed is extensively used as a guide dog for the blind, therapy dog, and service dog for the disabled and also as a police dog to detect drugs or explosives. In obedience competition the Golden Retriever ranks top. It is one of the world´s foremost family companions although its friendly nature does not make of it a good watchdog. First known as Flat Coats – Golden in 1920 the breed´s name was officially changed to Golden Retriever.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Golden Retriever is a beautiful, well-proportioned dog, powerful and active, not clumsy nor long in the leg, with a feathered, medium-length, cream to golden-colored coat. The Body is well balanced, with a broad chest. The Ribs are long and well sprung and the muscular loin is short, wide and deep, with very little tuck-up. The backline is strong and level from withers to slightly sloping croup. The broad head stands on a clean and muscular neck. The skull is slightly arched, and the stop is well defined although not abrupt. The muzzle, tapered but wide, is powerful tipping with a large, black or brownish black nose.The eyes are medium large, set well apart, brown in colour with dark rims and have a kind, intelligent expression. The ears are medium-sized, wel-porportioned and pendant with a slight fold. When pulled forward, tip of ear should just cover the eye. The tail, thick and muscular at the base, is long, well set on, and never curled over back nor between legs. The double coat has flat wavy, water-repellent outer coat which is neither coarse nor silky and a dense undercoat. Feathering on front of neck, back of thighs and underside of tail is heavier. The colours range from cream to a rich golden and feathering may be lighter than rest of coat.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Golden Retriever is friendly, reliable and trustworthy, active and fun-loving with a great charm and outstanding household dog. This breed never shows or hostility towards people other pets and extremelly patient and gentle with children. Golden Retrievers need companionship but they do not demand excessive attention being quite happy just with the human presence. However, if deprived of human presence, they may become mischivious. Despite their drive for human company they are not “one man´s dogs” this being one of the reasons they are trained as guide dogs for the blind rather than the Labrador Retriever. They will not suffer the separation trauma when the handler hands them over to their masters. Golden Retrievers love swimming and retrieving. Retrieving a frisbee, a tennis ball or a stick thrown into the water are good exercises for this breed. They are eager to please their handlers and, herefore, very trainable but they are easily bored and must be kept interested. They bark to strangers but are poor guarding dogs. However, their tender, loveable nature makes them wonderful household pets.
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Health [ edit ]

Golden Retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia and congenital eye defects. Some may also suffer from skin allergies.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

In 1977 three Golden Retrievers were the  first dogs of any breed to achieve the AKC Obedience Champion title.
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20.02
ilovehorses said:
cute uh :)