Golden Retriever At a Glance
- Big, tall active dog
- Loves walks
- Loves fun and play, and will want to look after you all
- Always alert and taking notice
- Musician Jimmy Buffet (his Golden Retriever’s name was Cheeseburger)
- Professional Golfer Jack Nicklaus (dog’s name-Cali)
- Author Dean Koontz (his dog’s name was Trixie)
- Actress Jane Seymour (dog’s name-Crispin)
- Actress Mary Tyler Moore (dog’s name-Dash)
- Comedic Writer Dave Barry (dog’s name-Earnest)
- U.S. President Gerald Ford (dog’s name-Liberty)
- Actress Renee Zellweger (dog’s name-Woof)
This popular breed originated in Britain during the 1800s. A major contributor to the breed was Lord Tweedmouth at Inverness-Shire, Scotland who kept records of his efforts to create the breed between 1835 and 1890. Other accounts tell how occasionally golden yellow puppies would occur in litters of black retrievers. All in all, the breed began as a mix of the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel and several other breeds, including small Newfoundlands, Irish Setters, Bloodhounds, and other Water Spaniels.
Golden Retrievers were developed for use as hunting dogs — a purpose they still fulfil today. Nowadays they excel in many roles, famously as guide dogs for the blind, as working gundogs, rescue dogs and sniffer dogs. And they still make first class family dogs and companions!
Golden Retrievers Today
Generally, between 21 and 24 inches, these are large, friendly dogs, the males are slightly bigger than the females. Their coats are of a medium length with feathering at the legs and tail. The breed can be any golden color, ranging from a light cream to a dark gold. Most Goldens become a lighter color with age and experience graying around the eyes and on the muzzle. They do need regular grooming to keep the house free of hair.
Personality and the Perfect Owner
In a pageant, a Golden Retriever would take the “Miss Congeniality” award paws down! They’re friendly, confident, and eager. You’ll rarely see one without a smile on her face. They’re versatile too, performing functions ranging from hunting dogs to therapy and guide dogs.
If you like a dog that can take a run in the park and then go home and play jovially with your toddler, this might be the perfect dog for you. Ideally matched to a house with a big yard or country life, they can still adapt to life in an apartment if you’re willing to take regular walks. What better way to keep fit? Better break in those walking shoes!