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Golden Retriever


General Information - Golden Retriever


Group:
Gundog

Size:
large

Lifespan:
10-13 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
medium

Trainability:
very high

Watchdog ability:
medium

Protection ability:
low

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
Yellow Retriever

Original Function:
retrieving



History

The Golden Retriever is a relatively young breed and only dates as far back as the mid-19th century. Developed by Lord Tweedmouth near the English-Scottish border, the Golden combines the blood of retriever, Tweed Water Spaniel, setter and the sandy-coloured Bloodhound. Goldens were first shown in UK in the early 1900's as Flat Coated Retrievers-Golden Variety. The Golden is a popular breed due to its well-mannered, friendly nature. It is also an excellent candidate for obedience training, and by instinct, is still a reliable, gentle-mouthed retriever. The Golden Retriever enjoys urban or rural settings as long as it is provided with plenty of outdoor exercise.

A few Goldens were imported into New Zealand in the 1940's, but it was not until the 1950's when some prominent English breeders emigrated to New Zealand, bringing their dogs with them, that the breed began to increase in popularity. From this time Goldens have gone from strength to strength. They are now one of the most popular breeds in the country.

Temperament

Kindly, friendly and confident.

Upkeep

The Golden Retriever needs daily exercise and human interaction. Challenging obedience lessons, active games or retrieving sessions are all good ways to exercise the Golden’s mind and body. Although it is capable of living outdoors, it is such a social dog that it is best when it shares its life with its family. The coat does not tend to mat but needs twice weekly brushing.