Also Known As
The Peter Pan of Dogs
Area of Origin
Breed Birthday
Early 1800s
Breed Type
Personality Traits
Playful, Smart, Devoted, Friendly
Related Breeds
Chesapeake Bay Retriever, English Setter, Flat Coat Retriever, Irish Red and White Setter, Gordon Setter
Best Breeds For
A packed house with plenty of kids and other pets. They thrive on the commotion in a house full of kids and love other pets.
Highly trainable, since they’re so outgoing and eager to please.
They are pack dogs who love to be inside with their family, and don’t love being alone for too long. If they have enough exercise, they can do well in an apartment.

Breed Popularity

Labrador Retriever
Golden Retriever
Shih Tzu
Yorkshire Terrier
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History of Golden Retriever


The breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth in Scotland in the early 1800s who loved yellow dogs and wanted a medium-sized hunting dog who would be a loyal partner on hunting trips. Tweedmouth bred the only yellow puppy in a litter of black Wavy-Coated Retrievers with a Tweed Water Spaniel and a red setter and continued to breed their mostly golden puppies, who became the Golden Retrievers we love today.
Facts about Golden Retriever

Good To Know

Goldens love water and aren’t shy about jumping right into the ocean when they’re at the beach. They were first bred to help hunt waterfowl, so it only makes sense.
Golden Retriever health and care

Health & Care

Height: 21.5” to 24” at the shoulder
Weight: 55 to 75 pounds
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
The majority of Golden Retrievers are healthy dogs—like all breeds, some Goldens may have health issues like hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, and cardiac disease.
Golden Retrievers shed their pretty coats seasonally and look their best when they’re brushed twice a week. Using an undercoat rake can help control the shedding.
Golden Retriever personality


Golden Retrievers are sometimes called the Peter Pan of dogs since they have the playful and loyal spirit of a dog that has never grown up. Because they are fantastic family dogs who are also ridiculously pretty, Golden Retrievers have played many family pets on TV and in the movies, think Comet on Full House and the basketball-playing dog who could dunk in Air Bud. Golden Retrievers are natural athletes who, true to their name, do love a good game of fetch, but most of them aren’t actually any good at basketball. The breed easily ranks in the top ten most popular pets in the U.S., and it’s no surprise—they’re beautiful, loyal, smart, and tons of fun!

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