Breed in the Spotlight: Golden Retriever

Britain’s favourite dog breed, Golden Retriever is one of the sweetest, easy to train and loyal dogs you could possibly ask for. Unlike many other breeds, Goldens are natural at wanting to please you and being obedient. Here’s what you need to know.

The Golden Retriever is a sturdy, medium-large sized dog. They are a popular pet choice in the UK, thanks to their nice natures and easy ability to train. They are also loyal and affectionate.
The dogs were originally bred for game retrieval, and are still used extensively in this way. The Golden Retriever is a popular choice for guide dog use, and they are good at detecting bombs.

Physical characteristics

Golden retrievers are medium to large sized dogs. Their heads are well-proportioned, and they have strong muzzles. They have nicely formed forequarters and muscular back legs. They vary in shade from cream to gold and sometimes have white hairs on their chests.


Golden retrievers are confident, kind and affectionate animals. They don’t make great watch dogs – just because they tend to be too friendly! They are easy to train, and they love being given jobs to do. They like relaxing, so you and your Golden Retriever can also chill out with some TV.


Like most dogs, Golden Retrievers need daily walks to keep them in tip-top condition. Train them properly too, as the breed likes work and orders. Groom your dog regularly to keep her coat shiny and feed her the diet your vet recommends. Please note – Golden Retrievers love their food. If you feed them too much or give them human food treats they can put on weight easily.


Golden Retriever can live up to 10 to 12 years. They are prone to a few genetic conditions – hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and eye issues, so your vet might recommend to routinely check your dog each year. Lymphoma and skin problems are also very common.

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