Country of origin: Great Britain
Originating from the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800's, the Golden Retriever was mainly used for hunting. Bred as a gun dog it was often tasked with retrieving shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game. It's instinctive love of water, easy trainability and ability to retrieve game undamaged has made it extremely popular as a pet and sporting dog.
They are a long-coated breed, with a dense inner coat that provides them with adequate warmth in the outdoors. The outer coat repels water. Colours range from dark red to light cream. Regular grooming is necessary. The eyes are brown and the nose is black. The tail and ears hang down.
Height. 21-24 in.
Weight. weigh 55-75 pounds.
The Golden Retriever is an active and energetic Sporting breed well suited to residency in suburban or country environments. They can adapt to many different living situations but do need substantial daily exercise. Note they have an instinctual tendency to roam.
This breed is happy, gentle, fond of play and outgoing. Making them unsuitable as guard dogs and a popular choice as a pet. Golden Retrievers are quick learners and eager to please. They like strangers, children and other pets. A very popular choice for a pet in Hong Kong and around the world.
Special Consideration: Popularity has hurt this breed. Poorly bred dogs can suffer from a number of issues such as hip dysplasia, skin disorders, epilepsy, heart disease, temperament problems which may require a professional trainer.