GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER BREED:
|Name of the breed:||Golden Retriever
|FCI group:||Group 8: Retrievers, Flushing dogs, Water dogs|
|Land of origin:||Scotland|
|Life span:||10-12 years|
|Character:||Gentle, funny, curios, peaceful, careful, stable, faithful, confident, tolerant, sociable, overprotective|
|Requirements:||Golden Retriever needs enough games, sufficient movement, exercise and occasionally swimming|
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER BREED:
|Head:||Quite broad skull with a strong nose and strong jaws|
|Ears:||Medium-sized and placed at eye level, length reaches to the corners of the mouth
|Eyes:||Dark and wide apart, bland look
|Tail:||Long, slightly bent|
|Hair:||Straight or wavy and with undercoat
Color: all shades of golden yellow
|Height:||Male: Male 58–61 cm (23–24 in) / Female: 55–57 cm (21.5–22.5 in)|
|Weight:||Male: 29–34 kg (65–75 lb) / Female: 27–32 kg (60–70 lb)|
In this article you can read more about the history, physical characteristics and character of the breed Golden Retriever.
I will also quote the opinions and experiences of breeders and some other very good connoisseur of the breed.
According to FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) classification, Golden Retriever breed belongs to 8. FCI group.
8. FCI group – Retrievers, Flushing dogs, Water dogs.
Golden Retriever – history, physical characteristic and character
Some of you who have Golden Retriever among family members might be wondering how this firm dogs took their place in the world of pets.
Well, take a bit of time to look at this article and discover a lot about the light-haired Retrievers.
The incredibly cute dogs came to be as a mixture of a yellow Labrador Retriever and the extinct tweed water spaniel.
Scottish Lord Tweetmouth is credited with their development during a 25-year period in the 19th century.
More precisely, golden dogs, in the true meaning of the word, popped to his head in 1865 and they were his job all until 1890.
The sandy color was obtained some time later, when even more dogs – like bloodhound, Irish setter and others – approached the further initiation of golden retriever reproduction.
The Kennel Club of Britain stood out twice in the dog’s history books.
Kennel’s literature about cultivation enlisted the breed under the name ‘Flat-coated Retriever’ in 1903.
Exactly ten years later, in 1913, the present-day house animal was proclaimed a special race, again by the British.
That is why the Retriever’s popularity spreads across England and the United States in that time, and is in much popular all over the world today.
Considering the physical appearance, one must start with the coat.
The curvaceous undercoat is obviously indented beneath the impermeable coat on the outside.
As a medium-sized dog, the male golden retriever weighs around 65 to 75 pounds, whilst the female dogs tend to have a lighter weight, between 55 and 65 pounds.
The differences are notable in terms of height as well, with the males being 23 to 24 inches tall, and the ones of opposite gender reaching around roughly 22 inches.
Most of the Retrievers stop growing after turning one year of age.
Highly developed bones and musculature allow them responsibly assisting humans in everyday life.
Golden Retrievers come in every possible shade of the gold color, while there might be differences when it comes to types of hair.
Some possess straight body hair, and others end up having it slightly curly.
Paler body color comes with time, during the process of ageing.
They are described as active, symmetrical, strong and calm animals that radiate self-confidence, but still remain cute-looking in every way.
What are Golden Retriever grooming needs?
Owners should brush their retrievers once a day to prevent tampering and moulting, especially if the dog spends the time in the house.
Bathing must be done at least once a month, in hopes of removing possible pests, dirt and, most importantly, the smell.
Nail trimming is recommended once or twice a month for it keeps the feet in good shape.
Take some time for the dog’s teeth and try to remove its bad breath.
Golden Retriever personality
Meant to be members of families, Golden Retrievers are, first of all, intelligent.
This makes them easy to train and their good nature helps owners to have more understanding as well.
Always in the mood for some cuddling, the irresistibility they provide helped Retrievers become one of the favorite pet ever.
They are great with children and never rude towards strangers, handling themselves in new surroundings.
It is no mystery goldies are used as watchdogs for hunting activities because of an immense need of movement they have.
This gives them the strength of biking, hiking and swimming endurance – water is their weak spot and most of them will jump into it right away.
They are also capable of adapting the owner’s habits and always do great in a large family.
Therefore, when one is isolated, serious problems start occurring as Golden Retrievers are bound to spend time with people and other dogs, perhaps.
Depression is always one of them, so if you have a Retriever and you fail to spend enough time with it, free at least an hour of two for a daily walk in the park.
Your Golden Retriever loves you, show him you love back.
We have completed yet another article about dogs in hope that you will take some of advice presented to be keen on working on a relationship with your Golden Retriever.
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Now go have fun with your Golden Retriever!
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