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The Golden Retriever

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A golden retriever

The golden retriever is one of the most popular breeds of dogs, especially as a family pet, however, it was originally developed as a retrieving hunting dog in Scotland. The breed originated from a Tweed Water Spaniel, now extinct, and a yellow colored dog of unknown origin. It should be noted that Golden Retriever dogs are not the same as Labrador Retrievers, although the lighter coats of two breeds do make them somewhat similar in appearance.


Golden retrievers are well known to be quite friendly and have been used as guide dogs because of their patient, easy-going natures. Due to the fact that the golden retriever is very patient, it is an excellent choice for families with children. Individuals considering this dog as a prospective pet should be aware of the fact that Golden Retrievers require a lot of companionship and do not do well when left along for extended periods of time.


There are numerous coat color ranges for this breed of dog. At its lightest, coat colors are light blond and golden red at the darkest. There are two primary types of golden retriever, show dogs and field dogs. The main difference between the two types of golden retrievers is size. Field dogs tend to be smaller in stature and size than show dogs.


Ideal weight: 25-35 kg
Average height: 50-60 cm
Life expectancy: 10-12 years



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