Skip to Content

Canadian Golden retriever: What makes them different

Canadian Golden retriever: What makes them different

Golden retrievers are very popular dogs around the whole world, not only in the United States of America. This is due to their amazing personality and characteristics. We all know that, but did you know that there are different types (and colors!) of Golden retrievers. There are three different types of Golden retrievers. First the British Golden Retriever, the American Golden Retriever, and the Canadian Golden Retriever! Believe it or not, even though at first glance you might not notice any differences, there actually are a few between these types, like height, color, and head shape!

However, this was not the case until the 1930s and 40s. Up until then a Golden retriever was a Golden retriever. Most Golden Retrievers across the world simply looked similar.

This changed after the Second World War. That0s when different ‘types’ started to emerge in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada!

Canadian Golden retriever

The Canadian Golden retriever is the one we’re going to talk about today. There are a few differences that distinguish this type from the American and British Golden retriever.


The Canadian Golden retriever’s fur is darker, shorter, and thinner and it’s also not as feathery as the other two types. This means that they have very little feathering around their legs, neck, tail, and underbody. Besides this, the Canadian Golden retriever tends to be taller by as much as two inches.

Their heads are also very well defined, with a high arch over their broad skulls. Their eyes are dark and tapered, with their ears set slightly further behind.

Canadian Golden retriever named Barley
How a Canadian Golden retriever looks like


Generally, this type of Golden retriever has a leaner build, however, they are the largest type.

Male Canadian Golden retrievers can grow up to 23-24 inches, while the females can grow between 21.5 and 22.5 inches. When it comes to weight the males weigh anywhere from 65-75 lbs, while the females weigh between 60 and 70 lbs.

Their lifespan is a little shorter than with the other two types. Canadian Golden retrievers can live up to 11 years.


  • Canadian Golden retrievers have a lot of energy, so physical activity is a must!
  • Owning a Canadian Golden Retriever puppy is very expensive! And I mean very! You have to buy toys, good dog food. Golden retrievers are known for the long list of illnesses they suffer from, so be ready to pay for medical bills and buy expensive medication!
  • Canadian Golden retrievers have shorter, but much thicker coats. This means they also shed a lot more than the other types of Golden retrievers.
  • They hate being alone. So if you spend the majority of your day outside of your house, maybe it’s not a good idea to get a Canadian Golden retriever. If left alone for too long they might get destructive.


Despite the Canadian Golden retriever looking a little different from the American and British Golden retriever, they all have the same personality and needs. It doesn’t matter which type you choose you will get a loving and affectionate dog who is full of energy! You’ll get a smart, laid-back, and chill life companion who will do anything to please you. You will also have to take care of them the same way, which means high-quality food and a lot of exercise!

My name is Jackie and I am a veterinarian with a degree in veterinary medicine. With extensive experience in treating various animals, I am known for my compassionate and personalized approach to animal care.