Golden Retriever: Origin
The Golden Retriever is an ideal and well-respected hunting dog. The Golden Retriever breed was officially classified for the first time in England in 1903.
Golden Retriever: Appearance
It is a medium-sized dog with a long, wavy golden coat. The Golden Retriever is a powerfully built breed; according to the standard, dogs stand from 56 to 61 centimeters and females from 51 to 56 centimeters. Healthy adult examples typically weigh between 25 and 34 kilograms.
Golden Retriever is elegant, thanks to its long golden hair and noble posture. The breed is characterized by a muscular profile, which is a synthesis of strength and grace. It has hanging and rather large ears. The coat is the most recognizable and significant characteristic of a Golden Retriever: it is wavy and long, especially on the tail. Hair color ranges from golden to cream.
The Golden Retriever is loyal and devoted. A little lazy. The dog is friendly with most animals, including cats and most cattle. They are good hunters, very sociable, and gentle.
Golden Retriever: Popularity and Uses
In addition to being a swamp-hunting dog, the Golden Retriever is an instant champion among those who want a cute, smart, and beautiful pet. It is used in civil protection, avalanche rescue, building collapses, and above all in sea rescues, given its great love for the water. In addition, in pet therapy, the golden retriever shows up as a breed good at leading the blind and staying calm around the elderly.
Golden Retriever: Breeding
The dog suffers from various very annoying disorders, so responsible breeding is supposed to minimize the risk factors for a particular disease and, if necessary, avoid infections. Often, Golden Retrievers are prone to recurrent or genetic conditions such as common hip dysplasia, unfortunately often ignored but easily inherited. Another disadvantage of the breed is obesity.
As a puppy, when an animal is 2 to 5 months old, the Golden Retriever doubles its weight.
Golden Retriever: Health and Nutrition
Like all large dogs, the Golden Retriever can suffer from hip dysplasia.
This dog loves to eat, so it is essential to pay attention to the diet to prevent obesity.
Another characteristic disease of the golden retriever is ichthyosis, an inherited genetic disease characterized by excessive scales on the skin.