Get to Know Goldens
Originally from Scotland, the Golden Retriever breed as we know it today was several generations in the making. In 1865, Dudley Marjoribanks began the breeding process with a yellow retriever named Nous, and a Tweed Water Spaniel named Belle. Over the course of a few generations, other breeds were mixed in, such as another Tweed Water Spaniel, a Red Setter, and a black Labrador Retriever. In the process the yellow pups were the ones primarily retained.
65 – 75 lbs
Average weight of male Golden
The first Golden Retriever was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1925. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that Golden Retrievers took off in popularity. On average, male Goldens weigh around 65 to 75 pounds, while females average between 55-65 pounds.
Golden Retrievers have the well known reputation of being a family dog that is great with children and adults alike. They are also known for their love of water and clearly as the name depicts retrieving, but most of all Goldens are known for their loyalty and constant desire to please their owners. Golden Retrievers are well known for their cheerful and friendly personalities. They are eager to please, always alert and are self-confident – all of which makes them such an excellent companion.
Golden Retrievers are highly intelligent and are easy to train, and the more time you spend training them, the more desirable a family member they become.
Goldens have a propensity for skin allergies, ear infections, and hip dysplasia. With the correct medical care, none of these issues should be an impediment to a long and fulfilled life. The average lifespan for a Golden is 12 years (way too short).