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Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Basic Golden Retriever Information

  • Lifespan: 10 - 13 years
  • Height: 22 - 24 inches
  • Weight: 55 - 75 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in Golden Retrievers


Golden Retriever Traits

  • Joggin Partner
         
  • Lap Dog
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Warm Weather
         
  • Cold Weather
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Barking
         
  • Ease of Training
         


Golden Retriever History

  • Developed in England along the Tweed River in the middle 1800s.
  • Lord Tweedmouth wanted to create a dog with the strength to push through heavy cover, stamina to swim tirelessly, toughness to brave cold water, and gentleness to retrieve game unharmed.
  • The original Goldens, then considered to be a yellow variety of Flat-Coated Retrievers, were a mixture of Wavy-Coated Retriever, Tweed Water Spaniel, setters, black retrievers, and even a Bloodhound.
  • In England, the breed was originally recognized in 1903 as Flat Coats-Golden. In 1912 the name was changed to the Yellow or Golden Retriever.
  • Although they were in America by 1900, the AKC did not recognize them until 1927.
  • Goldens are among the most successful guide and assistance dogs. They also work in search and rescue.
  • U.S. President Gerald Ford owned a Golden named Liberty.
  • A Golden Retriever starred in the two Homeward Bound movies.
  • The Golden Retriever has been one of the most popular breeds in America for decades.


Golden Retriever Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a playful and trustworthy child's companion.
  • Eager to please, but can be overly exuberant.
  • A happy dog, not easily bothered by things.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food or retrieving.
  • Its aptitude for learning, combined with its happy attitude and quick responses, make it one of the top breeds for obedience competition.
  • Outgoing toward strangers.
  • Gets along well with other pets and dogs.
  • Loves to retrieve, to the point of seeming compulsive.
  • Loves to swim.


Golden Retriever Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a calm housedog, but only if given adequate exercise.
  • Needs daily walks, jogs, hikes or play sessions.
  • Swimming and retrieving are favored methods of exercise.
  • Obedience training or other mental games are also important.
  • Goldens enjoy hunting, and many owners compete in field events with them.


Golden Retriever Grooming

  • Coat is straight or wavy, and dense. It is of medium to long length. Neutered or spayed individuals tend to have longer coats.
  • Color varies from very light cream to dark mahogany.
  • Brushing twice a week is adequate; more frequent brushing is necessary during shedding seasons.
  • Shedding is average to above average.


Suggested Golden Retriever Nutritional Needs

  • Goldens have a tendency to become overweight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Puppies should be fed a large-breed growth food, which slows their growing rate, but not final size. This may decrease the incidence or severity of hip dysplasia in adults.


Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.


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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following local emergency veterinary centers;

  • Deer Run Animal Medical Center - Midlothian, VA - (804) 639-3900
  • Dogwood Emergency and Specialty Center - Richmond, VA - (804) 716-4700
  • Veterinary Referral & Critical Care - Manakin-Sabot, VA - (804) 784-8722
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