Golden retriever are loaded with confidence and good vibes. They are not particularly aggressive, territorial, manipulative or destructive. Golden Retrievers are friendly and wide-eyed with strangers. But, they have been known to bark once or twice when someone comes to the door. The founder of the breed, Sir Dudley Majoribanks of England, was trying to create a superior hunting dog with excellent temperament. The term “golden retriever”, was given to the breed in 1920; the breed was originally a “golden flat coat”. Originally bred for the physically demanding job of retrieving ducks and other fowl for hunters, the Golden needs daily exercise: a walk or jog, free time in the yard, a run at the beach or lake (Goldens love water), or a game of fetch. Golden Retrievers are built for action and love outdoor romps. If you like to hike or jog, your Golden will be happy to join you.
Golden Retrievers usually reach their full height by one year of age, and their mature weight by two. Females are generally 21.5 to 22.5 inches tall and 55 to 65 pounds. Males are 23 to 24 inches tall and weigh 65 to 75 pounds. Golden retriever in general are packk-oriented animals. They need to interact with their pack on a regular basis to be secure. Goldens in particular have been bred through the years to make an excellent companion for people – whether it is to sit quietly in a duck blind until it is time to retrieve or as a service dog or in any other capacity. Because of this, they, even more so than some other breeds, need to interact with their people. Goldens are particularly forgiving dogs and will allow you to make many mistakes while still wanting nothing more than to please and be acknowledged for it with a scratch behind the ear. As a testament to their desire to please, the first three dogs to obtain Obedience Trial Championships were Golden Retrievers.