The Golden Retriever originated in the 1800s in the Scottish Highlands. The Golden Retriever was bred as a hunting dog to retrieve waterfowl, such as ducks and other game birds. It was the union of the yellow Wavy- coated Retriever and the Tweed Water Spaniel that produce what is now known as the Golden Retriever.
The Golden Retriever is a very intelligent breed; it is a quick learner. This breed needs plenty of activity, playing fetch, daily walks, hikes, swimming. It’s not a breed for long-distance running. Obedience training and socializing your golden is a must. It’s also a great breed for guide dog work, therapy work, drug, and explosive detection, tracking and obedience. It also is good at agility training.
The Golden Retriever makes a perfect family pet. They have a gentle temperament, are great with children and other pets. The Golden Retriever is a breed that wants to be at your feet or by your side all the time. It is one of the most popular breeds in the United States.
The Golden Retriever is a beautiful dog but it does need lots of care. The coat can either be flat or wavy with dense feathering and a very thick undercoat. Grooming is a very important part of owning a Golden Retriever, daily brushing and bathing are essential. Shedding is another issue that Goldens have. They shed most of the year. So make sure you have a good vacuum cleaner to pick up all the fur.
Unfortunately, Goldens are prone to a number of hereditary and/or congenital conditions which can affect their health and your pocketbook. Here are some of the common conditions Golden Retrievers may develop.
- skin condition (hot spots)
- ear infections (weekly ear cleaning)
- elbow & hip dysplasia
- Atopy (skin allergies) (This can be caused by food i.e. corn, etc.)*
- Entropion (inward rolling of the eyelids)
- cancer With proper vet care and *good quality dog food at a pet store and exercise they can live a very healthy and happy life.
If you are considering adopting a Golden Retriever you will have a very loyal pet, willing to please and be a perfect member of your family.