This popular breed is known for its long golden coat. Its coat is water-resistant and can be flat, wavy or feathered. The Golden Retriever has a wide but tapered muzzle, brown nose, brown eyes, and medium-sized hanging ears.
Health Concerns and Other Considerations
Golden Retrievers are prone to cancer, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand's disease, heart problems and congenital eye defects. Skin allergies are also common in Golden Retrievers. They gain weight easily, so be sure not to overfeed.
The Golden Retriever is a gentle and well-mannered dog, which is why they are so popular as a family pet. But they aren’t just great as a family companion, but for obedience competitions, hunting and tracking, as a bird dog. They are also used for narcotics detection, service dogs for the disabled, guides for the blind, and as a therapy dog.
Golden Retriever History
The Golden Retriever was developed by Lord Tweedmouth in the late 1800s. The breed came about in the Scottish Highlands by crossing the original yellow Flat-Coated Retriever with the extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. Later he added the bloodhound, Irish Setter, and more Tweed Water Spaniel. The dogs were originally called the Golden Flat-Coat, then later Golden Retriever, which has become one of the most popular breeds today.