Golden Retriever

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Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever Overview

Golden Retrievers are the good-looking, fun-loving and kind-hearted jocks of the dog world. They’re one of the most popular breeds in Canada because they’re easy to train, good with families and rarely put up a fuss. It won’t be hard to win over your Golden Retriever. They have a strong desire to please people—even if they’re strangers. Suffice it to say, this is not a dog that will attack! They’re simply too beautiful to be mean. With a long coat ranging from cream to amber, Golden Retrievers prove that blondes have more fun. But that doesn’t mean that a Golden isn’t ready to do some serious work. These dogs have a hunting heritage that’s deep in their DNA. Did you know that they were bred by the Scottish elite who needed dogs that could retrieve on both land and water? That’s why Goldens love jumping in the water and going for a swim. Golden Retrievers can wait patiently for their owners for hours and hours, but then spring into action when it’s time to play fetch or run around outside. Because of their energy, Golden Retrievers thrive in suburban or country environments. On the larger side, it’s a breed that needs some space. They also need some intellectual stimulation. They love to learn new tricks and perform them for their owners. Their aptitude for training makes them great guide dogs or members of search and rescue teams.

Did you know?

A Golden Retriever from Dallas holds the world record for “Most Tennis Balls Held in the Mouth by a Dog” with 5 tennis balls.

Golden Retriever Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Therapy dog Therapy dog

  • Service dog Service dog

Popularity ranking**
21.5-24 in / 55-75 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
10-12 years
Activity level
Little to none
Barking level
Little to none
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers love to eat and they’re usually not too picky about their kibble. Because they’re active, they need food with high quality protein. Try to avoid food with artificial sweeteners, flavours or colouring. If your dog has thyroid issues, you’ll also want to find soy-free options. Adults eat between three to five cups of food every day, depending on how many calories they burn. You’ll need to monitor their eating as Golden Retrievers with lower activity levels are prone to gaining weight, which might put stress on their joints later in life.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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