Let’s talk about my favorite breed of dogs: golden retrievers! They’re originally from Scotland and are one of the most popular dog breeds in the US (and around the world!) Having two goldens myself, I know what wonderful family pets they make so their popularity is no surprise. They are one of the kindest, most affectionate, loyal, friendly, and intelligent breeds of dog.
While golden retrievers are strikingly beautiful, they are mostly known for their wonderful eager-to-please temperament. They can also be employed as guide dogs for the blind, they make excellent hunting retrievers, and they often excel in the show and obedience rings. Most important, however, is that goldens make unsurpassable family companions!
Golden retrievers are a sturdy, muscular breed. Their coat ranges from a cream color to a dark golden. Mature golden retriever males measure 23-24″ at the shoulder and typically weigh 75-80 lbs. Females are slightly smaller at 21 ½”-22 ½” at the withers and weigh about 60-65 lbs.
If you’re wondering whether a golden retriever is a good breed for you, you should consider the following:
Your Golden will need 1-1.5 hrs of exercise per day. You will need to be out walking, running, or throwing a ball for fetch to make sure your pet gets the exercise they need. An ideal situation would be a big fenced yard where you and your golden can play. If this isn’t possible, as long as you take your golden out 2-3 times per day and exercise them well you might not need a fenced yard.
You should be prepared for year-round shedding, which means you’ll have to vacuum often! Brushing them regularly helps keep their coat looking soft and smooth.
Goldens are social animals, which means they’re happiest when with their “pack” or family. Just like humans, dogs can get lonely, but the difference is they have no way of understanding when you’ll be back. This means they can get anxious when they’re left alone for too long. They also need plenty of mental and physical stimulation and can easily get bored when they’re by themselves for too long. So how long is too long? I’d say you should try not to leave your dog home alone for more than five hours at a time. Any longer and they’ll get too bored, lonely, and will also certainly need to take a bathroom break.
Owning a pet is a lot of work and golden retrievers are no exception, but if you’re prepared to train them and spend time with them, golden retrievers will love you unconditionally and become your very best friend for life!
Do you own a golden? Share something you love about the breed in the comments!
All photography by Fran Lauren Photography.
Hi! I’m Fran and we are @lizzie.bear. I’m a mother of two kids and two furry girls, Lizzie and Ally. They are both Golden Retrievers but different in so many ways! We adopted Lizzie when she was two and one year later, we brought puppy Ally home at only 8 weeks old. The girls developed an amazing bond almost right away despite their differences. Lizzie is more of a people dog, craving affection and human contact, Ally is our happy-go-lucky tomboy! She’s all about balls, sticks, playing with other dogs and swimming like a true retriever. Lizzie and Ally share their love of food, adventures, snuggles and people (mostly me!).
My passion for photography started a long time ago but it became more serious when I decided I wanted to document the girls on our outings and at home. Hope you’ll follow along the daily adventures of Lizzie and Ally @lizzie.bear!