Golden Retriever

Large Size

Moderate shedding

Good for first time owners

Developed in Victorian times on the Scottish Highlands estate of Lord Tweedmouth, the Golden is incredibly versatile, working as gundog, assistance dog and sniffer dog. But it is as a pet that this dog really shines, provided their exercise and training needs are met.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Most people. With looks, brains and a fabulous personality, the Golden Retriever is a complete package.

Not the best for ...

People who don't like 'wet dog' smell in their car. The Golden was developed with a good dollop of Tweed Water Spaniel and unsurprisingly they love the wet stuff. Wherever they are, they'll find water – even if it's just a muddy puddle they can lie down in! On the plus side, dirt falls off from the coat easily once dry.

Aliases

Goldie, Golden

Cross between

None

Origin

United Kingdom

Size

Large
Large - but would still fit in a small car

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!

Coat

Jacket and skinny trousers
Any feathering can get knotty. Some coats self-clean by depositing mud all over the kitchen floor.

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

12 years

Good first dog?

Yes

HOW IT WORKS

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