The Golden Retriever traces its origins from 19th century Scotland to be a strong and swift hunting dog, retrieving wild birds on land and water, even in extreme wet and cold conditions.

Today, they excel in sports, such as agility, obedience and field trials, and are the ideal family dog with their friendly and fun-loving personality.

Golden Retrievers are the ideal family dog with their friendly and fun-loving personality


Golden Retrievers are kind, gentle and confident, as well as affectionate with people and other pets. They are devoted and loyal dogs with a beautiful temperament and an aim to please. They want to be around their family all the time and will not be happy if left outside for long periods.

Golden Retrievers are intelligent and respond well to training. They thrive on structured training programs and are top performers in obedience and agility trials.

Because of their friendly nature towards strangers as well as friends, they are not suitable as watchdogs.


Golden Retrievers have a flat or wavy coat with a dense, water-resisting undercoat. They shed throughout the year with two heavy molting stages during that time. Brushing them daily can help reduce the amount of fur they shed and prevent matting, which can lead to skin irritations.

Also regularly check for hot spots, which Golden Retrievers are prone to getting from painful and irritating fleabites or allergies. Like all dogs, Golden Retrievers require regular tick, flea, intestinal worms and heartworm treatments. Consult your veterinarian on treatment options. Desexing and vaccination against diseases, such as the deadly parvo virus and highly infectious canine cough, are also important to discuss with your vet.

The active Golden Retriever needs regular exercise, such as a daily walk and if possible a run. They also love swimming. If they do not receive regular mental and physical stimulation, particularly when they are puppies, they can become destructive.


Golden Retrievers are adaptable and easily fit in any situation due to their kind nature and will to please. They are happiest when they are accepted as a valuable member of the family. Golden Retrievers make great companions for the elderly, disabled people and families with children. However, like with any dog, supervision is important when around children.

Fact file

Origin Scotland
Lifespan 12+ years
Colors Shades of gold or cream
Cost $1000 – $1500
Common hereditary problems Hip dysplacia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)