Golden Retriever

Average Height

51 - 61cm

Average Weight

25 -34kg

Expected Lifespan

10 -12 years

Young at Heart

For years, the golden retriever was bred to carry out difficult tasks. These task were tracking, hunting and using their powerful sense of smell to sniff out illegal substances. As you can tell, these dogs are very intelligent and obedient.

Golden retrievers are amazing dogs to have in your family. They have been the most popular dog amongst families in the US for years. This breed is so sociable towards humans and animals, that they blend perfectly into any home. This beautiful breed is so young at heart that they tend to keep all their puppy like traits well into their old age. Golden Retrievers need plenty of exercise as they are highly active dogs from a young age.

Adding this golden ray of sunshine into your home would always be a good choice. They are so loving towards their owners and they loving being apart of any fun and active activity.

The Golden Retriever Anatomy


Skull is broad with well defined stop. Muzzle is deep and wide, and is slightly wider and taller at stop than at the tip. Ears are moderately sized and drop down, they are approximately level with the eyes. Eyes are dark, set well-apart and are set slightly into the skull. Mouth has a complete scissor bite.


Neck is of medium length which flows into well laid back shoulders. Well balanced body with level backline. Forequarters are muscular. Forelegs are straight with good bone, elbows are close to the body. Hindquarters are muscular. Hind legs have well-bent stifles with hocks let down. Hind legs are straight when view from the back. Tail is set level with the backline and reaches the hocks. Double-coated with a water resistant undercoat. Coat is dense and can be straight or wavy.

The Golden Retriever Coat and Colours

One colour throughout the entire coat.

  • Gold

Some Golden Retriever Traits

Grooming Frequency

Common Medical Conditions in Golden Retrievers

This is when there is a malformation of the hip joint. The hip joint is made up of a ball…

This condition involves multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow joint, such as abnormal growth of cells, tissue, or bone. If…

This occurs when the dog’s kneecap is dislocated from its normal position in the groove of the thigh bone. When…

This is when there is a deficiency of the Von Willebrand Factor (vWF), a glycoprotein that aids in clotting. vWF…

This is when there is a lowered production and release of the the T3 and T4 hormones. The T3 (liothyronine)…

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