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The Golden Retriever is extremely popular among dog owners, especially in the United States.  This dog breed is currently listed as the number two most popular registered dog with the AKC. This is not surprising, however, due to the fact that the Golden Retriever maintains the following qualities: high affection levels, friendliness towards strange people and other foreign animals, very easy to train, and always playful.


Golden Retrievers were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in the year 1927.  Initially valued for its hunting abilities, it soon became  an extremely popular household pet, obedience competitor, and show dog winner.


This dog is known as “everyone’s friend” and is widely appreciated for its companionship towards family. Golden Retrievers are highly physical animals and have been known to lead towards behavior problems when there is a lack of activity.  In fact, poor breeding practices have produced Golden Retrievers who are overly boisterous and excitable when left in house.  However, a properly bred Retriever is one that will remain calm when trained, yet energetic when given the opportunity to play outside.


Upkeep And Maintenance


Upkeep of the Golden Retriever must include daily physical exercise.  Runs through the sand, long walks on the leash, and of course retrieving games are all highly recommended to keep this animal happy.  Human interaction and social events are also desired by the Golden Retriever.


This dog can live both indoors and outdoors.  However, indoor living is what best suits the Golden Retriever.  Because of its need for human interaction and companionship, it is best to make room for your Retriever inside the house so that he can love and be loved by the rest of family as much as possible.


Health Information


If you own a Golden Retriever or plan on raising one from puppyhood, major health concerns that you should know about are various skin problems (such as hot spots, ear infections, and allergies), CHD, lymphoma, and hemangiosarcoma.  Minor issues include hypothyroidism, elbow dysplasia, potential eye disorders, mast cell tumors, and seizures.


Golden Retrievers have a lifespan of up to 13 years when living a life of good health.  Veterinarians suggest that these dogs be specifically tested for thyroid, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cardiac issues, and potential eye problems.


History


The Golden Retriever hails from the Highlands of Scotland. This dog emerged as a bred during the 19th century. It was mainly a hunter. Lord Tweedmouth set out to produce a dog that was conformed to the Scottish weather, bailiwick, and local game of the area. Tweedmouth bred a yellow Retriever t with a Tweedwater Spaniel; this bred no longer exists. He went on to intermix the Bloodhound and Irish Setter with his specimens to achieve the Golden Retriever.


General Looks


This is a strong, energetic, solid, and well-developed dog. It is agile and its leg’s aren’t overly longish. These canines are enthusiastic, attentive,  self-assured, with a good-hearted expression. Show this dog in strenuous working circumstances. The total looks, poise, gait, and aim is emphasized over the dog’s geberal factors. Any retreat from the superlative description is a fault in the gradation of interference it causes to the breed’s aim or contradicts its nature.


Is This Your Breed?


This is a Sporting breed; it is lively and enthusiastic. It needs exercise each day. It can live in various environments. It has a water resistant double-coat that requires habitual brushing. The shedding is seasonal. His personality is friendly and his color arresting.


Height, Ratio, Essence


The males are 23-24 inches high upon withers and females 21 ½-22 ½. There is a proportion penalty for animals one inch over or beneath the standard. The length commencing at the breastbone traveling to the tip of the buttocks is barely more than the withers height; the ratio is 12:11. The weight of males is 65-75 pounds and females 55-65.


Coat


The coat is thick and repels water. It has a hearty undercoat. The outer coat is stiff  and buoyant, though not rough or silk-like. It knits to the body and can be curly or straight. There should be a ruff without trimming and a modest feather-like look upon foreleg’s back and under-body. The neck’s front, thigh’s back, and tail’s underside should feather more heavily. These aren’t wanted: extreme length, bendy and open coats, and downy coats. The feet can be trimmed and sporadic fur tidied. The normal outline of the coat shouldn’t be changed.


Color


A deep, glossy, golden hue varying in shades is the norm. Hairs that feather can be paler than other parts of the coat. White or gray fur besides that from age is penalized, excepting sa mall amount of white fur on chest. Don’t confuse acceptable pale shading with white fur. Very dark or light fur in prominence on dog’s body is not wanted. Evident off-color or black fur is a crucial fault. Some leeway is recommended for pups having pale coloring, which promises capacity to become richer as pup matures.


Locomotion


When the dog is running, the pace is free, even, strong, and highly coordinated. Seen from any stance, the legs should not roll in or out and the paws should not hinder or transverse one another. When the dog’s sped escalates, the paws should meet at the center point of equilibrium.


Personality


The personality should be sociable, steadfast, and dependable. A dog that is hostile with other dogs or people within ordinary conditions is not an example of the wanted Golden Retriever personality. A nervous or shy example is also to be given a penalty corresponding to the impact of the fault.

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