Female Speaker: The Golden Retriever is one of the most beloved of all dog breeds. Known for their loyal and outgoing personalities, Goldens are often called the perfect dog.
A member of the AKC sporting group these dogs are renowned for their obedient friendly and well mannered temperaments. The Golden Retriever is the classic family companion; they are obedient, playful, intelligent, well mannered, great with kids and kind to strangers. They are good watchdogs but make lousy guard dogs as they love people far too much to be effective.
Golden Retrievers are always at the top of their obedience classes and are often the champions of sporting competitions. Golden Retrievers sport a thick water repellant double coat. Some have straight hair while other coats are wavy. There is feathering on the back and front of legs, underbody chest, back of thighs and the tail.
They come in many shades of gold ranging from light to dark. Some breeders produce white Goldens, but the coloring is not recognized by breed standards. Goldens stand about 2 feet tall and weigh anywhere from 55 to 75 pounds.
Potential owners of Golden Retrievers should be aware that this is a social breed of dog that thrives on companionship and exercise. If left alone for long periods of time or not given enough time to play, Golden Retrievers can become depressed and/or bored, usually resulting in destructive chewing.
Potential owners who live in a home with a yard or near a park and like to bring their dog on walks, runs or bike rides are well armed to properly care for a Golden Retriever.