Fun Facts About the Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers originate from the Scottish Highlands during the late 1800's.
The breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth through crossbreeding different dogs such as the Irish Setter, the Flat-Coated Retriever and the Tweed Water Spaniel.
The Golden Retriever is the American Kennel Club's second most commonly registered breed, with only the Labrador Retriever outranking it.
The first three dogs to be awarded the American Kennel Club Obedience Champion title were Golden Retrievers.
The American Kennel Club first registered the Golden Retriever in 1925.
Golden Retrievers are ranked as the third most intelligent dog breed, behind Border Collies and Poodles.
They were originally bred to be hunting dogs, but today are most commonly used as family pets or service dogs.
Golden Retrievers make excellent family dogs as they are loyal, obedient and patient and gentle with children.
They are cautious towards strangers and will bark loudly if they sense any danger, making them ideal watch dogs.
Golden Retrievers love to please their owners and enjoy being rewarded for good behavior.
Because of their beauty and obedience, Golden Retrievers are a favorite when it comes to dogs for movies. Some of the most well-known acting dogs are Shadow from Homeward Bound, Buddy from the movie Air Bud and Comet from the television show Full House.
President Gerald Ford had a Golden Retriever named Liberty as a pet.
The Golden Retriever is an intelligent dog and is easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are social dogs and require a lot of attention. If they feel neglected they will become sad and lonely.
They are trustworthy, reliable, calm, gentle, confident and friendly.
Golden Retrievers are huge fans of swimming and are among the top swimmers across all dog breeds.
The Golden Retriever is widely regarded as the best service dog, and is commonly used as a guide dog for the blind as well as aiding in therapy and search and rescue missions.
Golden Retrievers display puppy-like behaviors until they are around three years of age, but are physically fully mature by the age of two.
Cancer is the main health issue that Golden Retrievers face and up to 61% of dogs die from some form of cancer, making it the most deadly disease for the breed.
Other health issues that a Golden Retriever may face include hip dysplasia, heart problems, eye problems and skin allergies.
The Golden Retriever has a soft mouth, which makes it easier to retrieve things from it. It is what they were bred for, hence the name.
The average lifespan of a Golden Retriever is 10-13 years.
Golden Retrievers have a dense undercoat that helps to control their body temperature and protect them from the cold and the heat.
They have a soft and glossy outer coat that is water repellent.
Golden Retrievers require frequent exercise and enjoy a daily long walk or jog.
Lack of exercise may result in behavioral problems for a Golden Retriever and lead to the dog becoming overweight.
Golden Retrievers love to have fun and enjoy playing games and running around.
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