The Golden Retriever is one of Britain’s most beloved dog breeds. Originally bred in Scotland as a sporting dog for retrieving wild fowl (hence its name) it has become renowned for its gentle nature, loyalty and trainability. It is these qualities that have made it so commonly used as an assistance dog, and as the face of very famous advertising campaigns! Most famously, it is the breed most closely associated with being guide dogs for the blind. Because of its placid nature, the Golden Retriever is a poor guard dog!
The Golden Retriever is a medium large in size and strongly built dog – weighing from 25-34kg. It has a distinctive golden blonde hair colour that gave it its name. Its fur is dense and water-repellent. This coat should be groomed at least once a week
As an large, active dog, it is crucial that you feed your Golden Retriever a high quality, protein rich dog food that is largely based on meat. Requiring around 2 hours exercise a day, your Gold Retriever should be kept full of energy rich foods to keep them on the go.
Like all larger dogs, Golden Retrievers can be prone to joint conditions such as dysplasia. Left untreated, this can develop into arthritis. So another important thing to consider when looking at their diet is to include some omega 3 oils such as those found in fish.
As always, we recommend consulting with your vet for more detailed information about health and nutrition, as well as the Kennel Club and RSPCA for further information about Golden Retrievers in general.