February 4, 2022

Golden Retrievers: What You Need to Know

Golden Retrievers may be one of the most popular breeds in America. We all know this beautiful breed and we probably all have seen several Goldens in our life. Their luscious, golden blonde hair and friendly, loving personalities have a hold on families all across the U.S and for good reason! These picture-perfect, famous breeds are as good as they seem and are one of our favorite breeds. Golden Retrievers are a medium to large breed with long, golden hair. They will weigh around 65 to 75 pounds and stand about 24 inches tall! They have a VERY friendly personality and will most likely want to befriend every human and dog they encounter. Their tails truly never stop wagging and their mouths are turned up in a smile. They are a smart breed and with proper training, can be very disciplined and in line, but at their core - they are overly happy and their puppy energy will last longer than typical (which isn’t as fun as it sounds). You will want to make sure you start puppy training right away, because their energy can be a lot. Overall, Goldens are known for being family dogs and man's best friend. You can’t go wrong with choosing to make your dog a Golden Retriever.

Types of Golden Retrievers 

According to the Golden Retriever Club of America, there is technically only one breed of Golden Retriever. But, there are different types. In fact, there are more types than you might think! The 8 different types of Golden Retrievers are:

  1. Field Bred Golden Retrievers - this type is a bit smaller but more athletic. Your typical “hunter” golden! They will have a more golden red coat and excel at hunting and agility. 
  2. Show Golden Retrievers - This type is bred to give a certain look. You may see them in dog shows. They have a larger head and longer, thicker coat. 
  3. Red Golden Retrievers - This red or dark gold color is another common shade of hair for Golden Retrievers and will be very similar to Field Bred, except they weren’t bred exactly for hunting. 
  4. English Cream Golden Retrievers - This is a name for that white, cream colored Golden Retriever you have seen before! They are a bit more rare, but the only difference is their coat. 
  5. American Golden Retrievers - American vs Canadian - there isn’t much difference! Not everyone even considers them different types. 
  6. Canadian Golden Retrievers 
  7. Black Golden Retrievers - Fun fact - Black Golden Retrievers don’t actually exist! Many people think this is just a different coat color, but it’s actually just a different breed. There are many “retriever” breeds and if you see a “Black Golden Retriever” it isn't a golden retriever. But we had to add it to the list!
  8. Mini Golden Retrievers - This type is a crossbreed with a cocker spaniel and/or a mini poodle. This has been created to create a bit smaller of a dog that sheds a little less. You don’t always know what you’ll get here!

Do Golden Retrievers Shed

The short answer is yes. They do. They tend to shed excessively in the spring and in the fall as they get ready for a heavier winter coat. Like many other breeds that shed - you can keep it at bay with daily brushing and staying on top of their grooming!

How Much Are Golden Retrievers 

Because this breed is extremely popular, it is very rare you will find one in a shelter or looking to be adopted. If you are looking for a Golden, most people will go straight to a breeder. Please do your research here and find a safe and reputable breeder! They can cost anywhere between $1,000 to $3,000. 

How Long Do Golden Retrievers Live 

Golden Retrievers have a great life span! Averaging 10 to 12 years, they make an amazing lifelong companion and addition to your family. If you keep them healthy, active and happy, they will live a long life right by your side! 

Many people dream of owning a Golden Retriever, and they truly are worth it! There is no doubt as to why they are one of the most popular breeds in America and if you are choosing to make the step to get one, you won’t be disappointed. Come back here to check out the best ways to train and properly care for your new puppy (and any other dog related question you may have)! 

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