Golden Retriever

Life expectancy

11 years

Age adult

20 months

Height (Shoulder height)

56 cm

Weight

30 kg

Coat texture

long-haired / undercoat / wavy

Coat color

gold, creme

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / elbow dysplasia / idiopathic epilepsy / cancer/ predisposition to tumor / progressive retina atrophy / atopy / enropion / congenital cataract / myasthenia gravis / Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) / dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB)

Food expenses per month in €

about € 68

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather yes

Allergy friendly

Rather not

Athletic

Very atletic

Attention

Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn

Medium

Exercise

Needs a lot of exercise

Nature

friendly / social / playful / calm / likes learning / good-natured / loving / loves water / cuddly

Bred for

retreiving / hunting dog, hound / companion dog

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / elbow dysplasia / idiopathic epilepsy / cancer/ predisposition to tumor / progressive retina atrophy / atopy / enropion / congenital cataract / myasthenia gravis / Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) / dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB)

Dog type according to FCI

retrievers - flushing dogs - water dogs

FCI description

Retrieval dogs are to find shot game and bring it to the hunter. They are mainly used for duck or small game hunting. This is where their love of water comes from. They have a "soft mouth" in order not to damage the delicate prey with their teeth. Since they always want to please their humans, are usually compatible, social and balanced, they are popular companion dogs. Nevertheless it must not be forgotten that they want to live out their needs as hunting dogs, i.e. they have to be intellectually and athletically challenged. Today they are also often trained as rescue dogs, and their fine nose and love for people help them to do so.

Flushing dogs look independently (without visual contact to the hunter) for the track in thicket and unclear terrain for tall game or small game. If the game is found, the hunt-dog is track-laut, scare it up and drives it through its gebell to the hunter. They are agile, independent, tend to bark and have a certain obstinacy. However, when they are engaged in a species-appropriate way, with a lot of exercise and nose work, they are patient and friendly dogs.

Water dogs work hunting in the water, fishing, catching fishing nets or helping shipwrecked people. They are alert, adaptable, agile and seek spiritual challenges.

You should give dogs in this group the opportunity to use their sense of smell and their urge to move and partly to hunt.

Short description

The Golden Retriever was originally bred to retrieve game animals. He developed, however, to one of the most popular family-dog. Overbreeding over time had negative consequences on health and breeding. He is suitable for children, social, calm and needs outdoor exercise therefore he is suitable for beginners. He likes different exercises and demands a soft training from the beginning.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.