Non-sporting Breeds

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 22-24 in (56-61 cm) Bitch: 20-22 in (51 -56cm)
Weight: Dog: 65-75 lb (29.5-33.5kg) Bitch: 55-65 lb (25-29.5kg)
Coat: Flat or wavy with good feathering and a dense, water-resistant undercoat
Color: Any shade of gold or cream, but neither red nor mahogany; a few white hairs on the chest are permissible

Some dog breeds owe their existence to the dedicated work of one individual, and such is the case with the Golden Retriever. Lord Tweedmouth, from the Scottish Highlands, was responsible for developing the breed from retriever/spaniel stock in the l850s. He wanted a dog that could work in heavy cover, swim strongly, and retrieve from cold water. These abilities, together with the dog's happy nature, helped to ensure its enormous worldwide popularity. The Golden Retriever perfectly combines the roles of sportsman's companion and family pet, being an excellent gundog, of sound temperament, and gentle with children. It is also a popular show dog that works well in obedience competitions. Requiring regular brushing and ample exercise, the Golden Retriever is best suited to a country environment. It will, however, adapt to suburban conditions provided that good walks and a garden are available.
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