Golden Retrievers

Ahhhh that sweet, kind face of the Golden Retriever. They seem to always have a smile on their face and a wag in their tail. This energetic breed originated in the Scottish Highlands, and it was bred and trained to retrieve. Accompanying their masters on hunting trips, these dogs would retrieve the water fowl from lakes, ponds, and marshland. Goldens love the water and their luxurious double coat helps keep them buoyant, allowing them to shake off excess water quickly. They weigh 50-80 pounds, and their coat comes in shades from cream to darker gold.

Aside from their retrieving abilities, the modern day Goldens are great service dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, guide dogs, and search and rescue dogs. They are very devoted to their human companions, and very intelligent, making them highly trainable for these important jobs.

Golden Retrievers are very flexible as far as living conditions as long as they get daily exercise. They like having a “job.” Activities such as agility, tracking, or swimming are ideal for this breed.  After all the action is over, they are very people-oriented, so they would be content to just snuggle with you on the couch.

These beauties make wonderful family dogs. Their gentle and playful nature pair well families with children. However, due to their size and energy level, children should be monitored so they don’t accidentally get knocked down.  On the flip side, keep a watchful eye that the children don’t “ride” the Golden. As a large breed, they are subject to hip issues. This breed has earned its popularity as an easygoing, loyal and friendly companion.

Terry Meeks is a dog trainer, APDT Member an CGC Evaluator in Pinellas County, Florida.  Find Four on the Floor Dog Training at and on Facebook.

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