Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Group: Gun Dog

Popularity/Rank: 3

Origin: Scotland

Breed Type: Purebred

Price: USD $1000-$2000

Lifespan: 10-12 years

Breed Information

Group Gun Dog
Popularity/Rank 3
Origin Scotland
Other Names Golden Flat Coat, Yellow Retriever
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1000-$2000
How much does a Golden Retriever cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $1000 to $2000 on your Golden Retriever if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Golden Retriever from a shelter.
Size Large
Weight Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg),
Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm),
Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. And FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Purpose Retrieving, Gundog
Date of Origin 1800s
Ancestry Retriever

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Shiny, Silky, Straight, Wavy
Coat Colors Golden, Light
Grooming Level
Golden Retriever is mid-level care breed. They has shiny, silky, straight, wavy and large-length coats. That's why the golden retriever requires normal grooming effort.
Shedding Level
The Golden Retriever breed sheds moderate. An ideal golden retriever has a straight and dense coat of large-length. That makes moderate amount of fur. Shedding is a normal and natural process for all dogs. But, the quantity of hair a dog sheds depends on the dog's breed type, season/weather, length of coat but sometimes it depends on pregnancy situation, health status, and specially on the type of food.
Solution: Brush regularly with right brush, and healthy diet food can reduce and control the amount of hair shedding.
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Cream, Fawn
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Dematter, Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly
Recommended: (All dogs benefit from regular brushing.)

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Confident, Friendly, Intelligent, Kind, Reliable, Trustworthy
Golden Retriever dogs are very brightest dogs & according to canine psychologist and pHD, Stanley Coren, they are most smartest for obedience & working intelligence. They can learn new commands & tricks after 10-20 tries.
Golden Retriever dogs are easy to train. Their intelligence level is very high to learn commands, tricks and new things.
Dog's playfulness depends on activity levels and health conditions. Naturally, Golden Retriever dog is extremely high playful breed and they have high activity level.
Some dog breeds have different signs and alerts when they want to play. But, probably the easiest dog body language to understand is a happy dog and want to play: Tail up, relax body, pupils dilated, mouth open (optional), tongue exposed and front-end lowered.
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Moderate
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly Yes
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Yes
Therapy Dog Yes
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Yes
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
Boat Dog Yes
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Allergies, Bloat, Cataracts, Elbow Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Hemangiosarcoma, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Osteochondrosis Dissecans, Osteosarcoma, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Subvalvular
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $2.00 - $2.25
Monthly Cost $60.00 - $67.50


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Golden Retriever have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies (Once a year.)


The Golden Retriever is a Large sized dog breed with Avg. Weight Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm). This breed coats come in a range of colours including Golden, Light. with the Large outer coat. The breed also goes by the name Golden Flat Coat, Yellow Retriever. They are ranked No. 3 the most popular dog breeds in the world.
The Golden Retriever dog live around 10 to 12 years of age. If the breed is handled well and has a good diet with regular exercise, it could be 1 or 2 more years will live. Although, This dog is counted to be a healthy breed, This dog is not a hypoallergenic breed. it can have a few health issues. Some of the major concerns are related to the Osteosarcoma, Allergies, Bloat, Subvalvular, Osteochondrosis Dissecans, Cataracts, Hypothyroidism, Epilepsy, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Hemangiosarcoma (Health related problems are a part of life).
Some types of breed who have ability to help out people with different impairments and disabilities. Golden Retriever breed have many characteristics that make them good Boat Dog, Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog, Search and Rescue Dog (SAR), Service Dog, Therapy Dog.
Cause of their size, temperament, intelligence and strength Golden Retriever can become great Service dogs, can be found working as assistance, helper, and Therapy Dogs, as well as assisting the detection and security dog for military and police, Golden Retrievers are such good trackers, they tend to make great search and rescue dogs, Golden Retrievers were born for get wet in water, and natural swimmers. That's why they can be a good boat dog, its original purpose is to fishing from the sea or lakes.
Golden Retriever provide many such good services that help people in different environments.


As above mentioned, the date of origin of the Golden Retriever dog is 1800s. Golden Retriever breed type is Purebred and relate to the Gun Dog group. Originated from Scotland. This breed purpose is Retrieving, Gundog and the ancestor of Golden Retriever was the Retriever. Golden Retriever breed Recognitions are American Canine Registry, American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America Inc., Federation Cynologique Internationale, Kennel Club of Great B, America's Pet Registry.

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