golden retriever's nose while lying on the floor

The Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is a successful dog, and this is normal since it is elegant, quiet, and an excellent pet dog, even though many subjects are still used for hunting or work. Of English nationality, its origins remain a little unclear. They have only been known with precision since the Second World War. It is believed to be the result of the mating of a yellow male, from flat-haired retrievers, with a female tweedy-water spaniel breed fire.

golden retriever's head

Table of content

  • 1 Morphology of the breed
  • 2 Golden retriever’s activity
  • 3 Skills
  • 4 Character of the golden retriever
  • 5 Care
  • 6 Health of the golden retriever

Morphology of the golden retriever

The male golden retriever measures 56 to 61 cm at the withers and the female 51 to 56 cm. Its average weight is between 25 and 32 kg. Its wide and well-chiseled head inspires confidence. It has medium-sized drooping ears. Its tail, long, is worn at the back and should not curl at the end. His muscular and solidly built body makes him fit for physical work. Its flat or wavy hair is medium-length, with good fringes on the limbs, chest and tail. Her dress is light in color. All shades of gold or cream are accepted.

golden retriever lying and looking up

Golden retriever’s activity

The golden retriever has a great need for exercise, the only guarantee of his balance and calmness at home. It is possible to make it live in an apartment but it requires a lot of outings, and long walks almost daily. However, there is still a dog that prefers spaces, and a large garden remains the best solution.


With an excellent sense of smell, well protected from the elements by its fur, and a boundless passion for the liquid element, it is a leading hunting dog, with predispositions for marshes. Docile and extremely gentle, easy to train and with excellent memory, it is also used as a utility dog (for the blind, elderly, disabled, rescue, drug search).

black retriever dog sitting on the grass

Character of the golden retriever

The golden retriever is a very good family dog, who loves the company of man and infinite patience with children. Along with the other dogs, he also has exemplary driving.

golden retriever puppy sitting in the bowl


The golden retriever is able to adapt to an industrial diet, more or less rich depending on his physical activity. And if not, 300 to 400 g of lean meat a day, topped with cereal, suits him perfectly. Its beautiful fur requires only a limited maintenance: two weekly brushes are enough.

Health of the golden retriever

The golden retriever lives 12 to 14 years. He usually suffers from a certain age of hip dysplasia.

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