Golden Retrievers

Cool Facts About Golden Retrievers-10 ThingsYou May Not Know

Golden retriever sleeping on the ground.

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If you are thinking of getting a Golden Retriever, or you are already fortunate to own one, then you will want to read on about some cool facts about Golden Retrievers that you may or may not already know.

1. They Were Developed in Scotland

The Golden Retriever was bred in Scotland during the late 19th Century by Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth. The Golden Retriever is considered a large size breed, that was bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and non-water fowl game birds. The name Retriever came from their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged.

They were recognized as an official breed in 1925 by the American Kennel Club.

Golden Retrievers are still used today for hunting and field trials.

Golden Retriever retrieving shot waterfowl.

2. There are 3 Types of Goldens

You may think that all Goldens look similar, but the breed comes in various coat colours ranging from white to dark golden. There are also 3 types, all with subtle differences.

English: Also known as English Cream Golden, this type of Golden is the lightest in colour, a white cream colour. English Goldens are more “stockier”, with thick coats and heavier weights.

American: This type of Golden is lankier and less muscular. The coat colour is darker.

Canadian: The Canadian Golden has a thinner and darker coat colour and is taller than the other types.

Regardless of the type of Golden, they all have a great temperament. They are known for their calm, playful and friendly disposition.

3. Golden Retrievers are Often Used in Movies

Because they are so easy to train, and obedient, and not to mention beautiful and friendly, they are popular in movies, and tv shows. Air Bud, Air Buddies, and Homeward Bound to name a few.

Air Bud Spikes Back movie poster

4. They Make Great Working Dogs

Goldens have a keen sense of smell and tracking abilities, which make them great for search and rescue teams. They are used for many important jobs, such as guide dogs for blind people, sniffing for drugs or bombs at airports, and because of their calm nature they make great therapy dogs.

Dogs with jobs, Golden Retriever search and rescue dog.

5. They are not Good Security Dogs

However, they do make great watch dogs, and will bark loudly at strangers. When a stranger comes to the door they would rather lick them to death than do any harm to them.

6. They Love to Swim

Just try to keep them out of the water, I bet you can’t! They will walk thru any puddle, regardless if it is mud, and they are always up for a game of fetch in the lake.

Golden Retriever swimming, retrieving a stick.

7. Their Lifespan is 10-12 Years

This is the average lifespan, and there certainly has been Goldens that have lived to be 14 years of age. Common health problems that this breed has include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, and skin diseases such as allergies and hot spots.

White and Dark Red Golden Retriever sitting side by side.

8. They are Considered the 4th Smartest Breed

They are noted for their intelligence, and are 4th in line after the Border Collie, Poodle, and German Shepherd, ranked by obedience-command trainability.

9. They are the 3rd Most Popular Breed in America

According to the American Kennel Club, Golden Retrievers are the 3rd most popular, following the Labrador Retriever, and German Shepherd.

Golden Retriever with snow on his nose.

10. They Mature Slowly

Goldens tend to mature slower than other dog breeds, and their playful silly behavior will last into adulthood. They retain the personality of a puppy until the age of 3-4 yrs.

I sure hope you enjoyed these cool facts about the Golden Retriever, and maybe you have learned a thing or two. If you have a cool fact that you wish to share about this breed, please feel free to comment below. I would love to hear from you.

About Jenny

I am the proud owner of a Golden Retriever named Ellie. She keeps me busy, and when she is resting, you can find me working on my blog. She is always close by though. I live in Peterborough, ON Canada with my husband, and we both enjoy the never a dull moment life with our Ellie.
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4 thoughts on “Cool Facts About Golden Retrievers-10 ThingsYou May Not Know

  1. Retreivers are beautiful dogs. If I had the space for one, I’d definitely have one! Thanks for such an interesting and informative article. I really didn’t know any of these things!

  2. I love the fact about how they will lick strangers to death rather than harm them! Wonderful facts, made me love goldens even more.

    1. Hi Nikki,
      Thank you for your comment. Golden Retrievers are such sweet gentle dogs, that is why so many people love them. They really do steal your heart.

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