Golden Retriever is the breed featured this week on Furever Network!
History of the Golden Retriever Breed
The Golden Retriever was the extraordinary result of mating a yellow, wavy-coated male with a female Tweed Water Spaniel by Scottish Lord Sir Dudley Marjoribanks (later known as Lord Tweedmouth) in the late 1800’s. With continued cross-breeding, Golden Retrievers evolved into hunters whose highly developed sense of smell enabled them to “retrieve” waterfowl. The publication of Marjoribanks’ breeding records dispelled the myth that the Golden Retriever really began with his purchase of a group of Russian trackers (now extinct) from a visiting Russian circus. A member of the Sporting breed, the Golden Retriever is a favorite of families everywhere. It remains the second most popular breed in Canada and the U.S.
Physical Description of the Golden Retriever Breed
The Golden Retriever, with their thick water-resistant coats, are sturdy, medium-to-large sized dogs. It typically weighs between 60 and 75 pounds. Their heads are broad, their straight muzzles slightly tapered, and their noses either black or brownish black. The dark brown eyes of the Golden Retriever are as large as they are gentle. Their ears closely hug the sides of their faces. Like their signature, sweeping tails, their bellies, the backs of their legs and the fronts of their necks are richly feathered. True to their name, the lustrous coats of Golden Retriever range from creamy gold to dark gold. Their coats shed lightly except in the spring and fall, when they shed quite heavily. Basically strong and healthy dogs, the Golden Retriever lives between 10 and 12 years.
Is the Golden Retriever Breed Right for You?
Golden Retrievers, with their happy, gentle natures, are utterly devoted to their families. They make eager, loyal and reliable companions. They’re well-mannered and obedient, are wonderful with children and friendly toward strangers. Highly intelligent dogs, the Golden Retriever is easily trained by using a firm, but gentle hand, consistent discipline and positive reinforcement techniques. They must be trained early to walk on leash to prevent difficulties later on. The Golden Retriever is also a highly active and energetic dog. It requires a daily exercise routine including walking, running and off-leash playing time. Already big chewers, if not properly exercised, the Golden Retriever will resort to destructive chewing – anything from socks to furniture! Provide them with their OWN chew toys and bones, and you’ll not only keep THEM happy, you’ll keep your home intact.
Furever Rescue Members that include Golden Retriever in their roster of dogs available for adoption:
Golden Rescue - Featured Rescue of the Week
Animal Guardian Society - check out the trio of Retriever mixes this active rescue is supporting.
Southern Ontario Animal Rescue (SOAR) - check out Girlie and Maya, Retriever mixes that are sweet and active too!