These dogs make everyone around them fall in love with them at first sight, and their behavior and temperament only confirm the accuracy of the first impression.
Golden Retrievers are an old breed and date back to the 19th century. Their origin is due to Lord Tweedmouth, who in 1865 mated a yellow labrador retriever with the now extinct tweed water spaniel. He later crossed additional breeds and created the Golden Retriever which officially entered the books in 1903.
After that, the breed became increasingly popular. It spread throughout England and America, and in the 1990s it spread throughout almost all of Europe.
Today, along with Labradors, the Golden Retriever is considered not only the most popular breed, but almost the most numerous as well.
They are especially common in Scandinavian countries.
The Golden Retriever was originally bred for hunting. It was used to bring game from where they got their name (retrieve = to bring back).
Differences in breed
With time and the development of cynology, two different breeds of the golden retriever emerged – the show type and the working type. Show type are mostly retrievers of heavier build and fuller coat, while working dogs are mostly athletic and lighter.
There is also a difference between the American and British Golden Retrievers. The European breed has larger dogs with wider jaws, deeper breasts and a shorter tail. The American is less stocky than the European, while the Canadian Golden Retriever has slightly darker hair.
These dogs are active, strong, calm and good-natured. They are known for their obedience and intelligent behavior.
The colors on these dogs are gold or beige, while some breeds are a little darker. Their hair is straight and wavy with a waterproof undercoat.
A temperament that you immediately fall in love with
Golden Retrievers are known for their good behavior, intelligence and charm. These are calm, very patient dogs that are easy to train. They love children, other people, but also other dogs and they are not very good guard dogs.
They do not react aggressively, but will inform you of something unfamiliar coming nearby. They are attached to their master but also to the whole family. They are loyal and confident which also makes them the most beloved breed for families.
Training them is not a problem. They like to please the owner, and always learn everything you want to show them. General commands such as “sit, lie down, yes and no” are easily trained.
You can train these dogs to become both show dogs and competition dogs because they enjoy playing and learning tricks with you. This way you will create a special connection with your pet. Be a strict and confident owner from the very beginning.
Retrievers require a lot of space to play and run, so if you think you don’t have enough space for a golden retriever, don’t get one. Due to inactivity and lack of open space they could become depressed, irritable and destructive.
These dogs need constant attention and love, so if you don’t have enough time to dedicate to them, then they are not a pet for you.
Water, water and water. This breed loves water very much. Swimming and everything that happens in the water. They enjoy jumping into the water, swimming, and even sitting in it.