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Golden Retriever.

Price range

$2500 - $6500

Common names

Flat-coated Retriever, Golden Yellow Retriever.

Size

Large

Dog group

Sporting

Coat length

Medium

Energy

High

Kid friendly

High

Life expectancy

10-12 years

Golden Retriever.

Price range

$2500 - $6500

Common names

Flat-coated Retriever, Golden Yellow Retriever.

Size

Large

Dog group

Sporting

Coat length

Medium

Energy

High

Kid friendly

High

Life expectancy

Medium

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What does a Golden Retriever look like?

General Appearance of the Golden Retriever

Symmetrical, balanced, active, powerful, level mover; sound with kindly expression. The Golden Retriever is a large dog with medium-length fur, floppy ears and a long muzzle. Their flowing coat is water-resistant and comes in various shades of golden, from light cream to red tones.

Available in these colours

What colours do Golden Retrievers come in?

Golden Retrievers come in a variety of colours, including White, Cream, Golden, Red Golden and Wheaten[1].

All about the
Golden Retriever.

Dudley Marjoribanks, the Lord Tweedmouth, is the most influential figure in the Golden Retriever’s early history, having raised the breed in the Scottish Highlands under Victoria’s rule. Tweedmouth maintained meticulous records of breedings effected to establish a perfect gundog for use at his Guisachan estate in the Highlands, Inverness-shire, Scotland, for the 50 years between 1840 and 1890.

Male Golden retrievers stand between 58.4 and 60.96 cm tall and weigh between 29.4 and 34 kg. Females are usually 53.3–55.8 cm tall and weigh 24.9–29.4 kg. Golden Retrievers achieve their peak height and adult weight at one year and two years of age, respectively. The Golden Retriever is a big dog who can weigh between 25 and 34 kg at the withers. Female dogs are supposed to be a little bigger than male dogs. This applies to the British breed, which is more athletic and has a lighter coat than its American and Canadian counterparts.

If you ask someone about the Golden Retriever’s distinguishing trait, they will always say temperament. The Golden is known for his gentle, eager-to-please demeanour. He yearns for love and will work it out in strangers as well as his own family.

All about the Golden Retriever adult stats

Weight

Low 25 KG

High 32 KG

Weight

Low 51 CM

High 56 CM

Weight

Low 30 KG

High 34 KG

Weight

Low 56 CM

High 61 CM

Golden Retriever.

Characteristics & Tendencies:

TENDENCY TO DIG
Snoring
Drooling
Exercise needs
Grooming needs
Barking

Care and Maintenance

Feeding

How much do
Golden Retrievers eat?
2 to 3.5 cups of food a day

Exercise

How much
exercise do they need?
40 to 90 Mins

Temperament

Are they kid friendly? Golden retrievers are great with kids

Living

Do they need a lot of space? The good news is that golden retrievers can live almost anywhere, but they'll need some space in your home to move around freely

Frequently asked questions about the Golden Retriever.

What are the most common health issues for Golden Retrievers[2]?

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hypothyroidism

Golden Retriever Puppy, Adult, and Senior Feeding Guide; ½ cup a day for a two-month-old, 2 cups a day for three months old. Four months old: 2 ½ cups per day. Three cups a day for puppies aged five to six months. Six to seven months old (male pups only): 3 ½–4 cups a day (females can stick to 3 cups a day).

An adult Golden Retriever can consume between 2 and 3 ½ cups of food a day on average.

However, the precise amount of food required ranges from dog to dog and is determined by age, activity level, weight, health issues, and food quality.

In the winter and summer, Golden Retrievers shed fairly, and in the spring and autumn, they shed heavily. You’ll have to get used to a fair amount of dog fur in your home and on your clothing if you deal with a Golden. However, they fall into the mild category because they lose an average amount of fur for most of the year and significantly more a couple of times per year when they “blow coat.” This is because they are a double-coated breed.

Once or twice a year, goldens shed their heavy, water-repellent double coat heavily, and they even shed more lightly regularly. A thorough brushing out with a slicker brush once or twice a week will usually clear much of the dead hair until it falls onto the furniture[3].

Brushing sessions become regular affairs during periods of heavy shedding. Baths aid in the removal of dead fur, but the dog must be fully dried before grooming. Goldens, on the other hand, only need intermittent baths to stay clean. The Golden’s claws, like those of all dogs, can be clipped daily.

Goldens, like most sporting dogs, need a lot of daily exercise. If a golden receives too little exercise and not enough mental stimulation, they can be prone to indulging in undesirable behaviours such as barking, digging or displaying destructive behaviours around the house.

Goldens make excellent running and biking partners, but a veterinarian should be consulted before beginning any strenuous or high-impact exercises that can add stress to the dog’s bones and joints. Many Goldens enjoy going on hunting trips or competing in field trials, and playing in canine competitions like agility, obedience, and tracking.

Goldens are relatively stable dogs, and conscientious breeders can scan their breeding stock for diseases such as elbow and Hip Dysplasia, juvenile cataracts, pigmentary uveitis, and progressive retinal atrophy, as well as some heart diseases such as subvalvular aortic stenosis. The ears of the Golden should be examined for signs of illness once a week, and the teeth should be cleaned often.

Golden Retrievers make excellent family pets, mainly because they are careful with kids. They are not “lone wolves” and are usually friendly to outsiders as well as family members.

The Golden Retriever is a friendly breed with wisdom and a calm demeanour, making it an ideal dog to have as a family member. They adore children and enjoy being interested in all aspects of family life, whether inside or out. The golden retriever is a calm, intelligent, and loving dog. Golden retrievers are friendly, playful, and sweet with children and other pets and strangers.

Early socialization and dog training courses are recommended for all breeds. Between the ages of seven weeks and four months, gently introducing the dog to a vast range of individuals, environments, and circumstances can help the Golden mature into a well-adjusted, well-mannered adult.

Puppy care courses assist the trainer with recognizing and correcting any negative behaviour emerging as part of the socialization process. Obedience training helps to reinforce the relationship between dog and trainer since a Golden Retriever only wishes to satisfy his person.

Golden Retrievers are quick to train because they are outgoing, obedient, and willing to please.

Golden Retrievers are very social animals and have been known to get along well with many different types of dogs, including small dog breeds. Since they particularly love being around their human family, it’s not recommended for them to be left alone for extended periods of time.

For those that live in a busy household with demanding schedules, having another canine buddy to keep them company can be helpful. Goldens display a “the better, the merrier” attitude and they enjoy the company of other dogs. With the proper introductions and training, they have also been known to get along well with smaller animals such as cats and rabbits.

References

    1. Golden Retriever. Australian National Kennel Council Ltd..
    2. Golden Retriever Dog Breed Information. American Kennel Club.
    3. Golden Retriever: Dog Breed Characteristics & Care. The Spruce Pets.

Golden Retriever breeders

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Optional Extra Benefits

During the application process You will be provided with the option to include Optional Extra Benefits that cover certain conditions and Treatments which are not otherwise covered under the Policy.

 

The Optional Extra Benefits are:

Alternative Therapies, Behavioural Problems, and Dental Illness.

 

Examples of Alternative Therapies: Acupuncture, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy

Examples of Behavioural Problems: Excessive licking, fur pulling, pacing and destructive

chewing.

Examples of Dental Illnesses: Dental diseases, gingivitis, periodontal disease.