golden retriever


Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in North America.

The Golden Retriever is believed to have been developed by a Scotsman in the mid-19th century for hunting and retrieving game (on land and in water). The Golden Retriever was first granted breed status in Britain in 1913 and by the AKC in 1925.

A large, athletic breed, Golden Retrievers are usually incredibly gentle, loyal and affectionate.  They are intelligent and highly trainable, which makes them great candidates for a variety of roles, ranging from specialized therapy and service dogs, to search and rescue, to sports and more. Goldens are often seen as the ultimate family pet, and generally do well with children. Their loving and generous spirit makes the breed too welcoming to be a true guard dog.

Golden Retrievers have medium-length coats that shed frequently and require regular grooming. The Golden Retriever comes in a variety of gold shades as light as cream to deeper brassier golds.

Popularized for hunting due to the breed’s gentle mouth retrieving prey,  they are often a high energy dog that requires lots daily exercise and training. Golden Retrievers require room to run around and are usually more suited to fenced-in suburban and country dwellings.


Sizes: large
Personality: confident, friendly, intelligent, kind, reliable, trustworthy
Kid Friendly (1-5): 5
Activity Level (1-5): 4
Trainability (1-5): 5

Hair lengths: long
Shedding (1-5): 4
Jobs: family pet, hunting, working

More about Golden Retriever Dog Breed:

Join the conversation! Golden Retriever Forum HERE

“Gentle and sweet.” – Nancy

“They are put on this earth to love you and only want some attention in return.  They are soft, loyal and adorable”- Tracy

“Very friendly, playful and create happiness as a good dog breed. Enjoy the way they are intelligent and always have fun with the dogs. Very cute and great spirit.”- Brook

“They are such cute looking dogs and are gentle, loyal and a good family dog.”-Anne

“Very loyal, retrieves everything.  Very trainable so can be guide dog.  Loves kid & very kind & gentle. Literally always have a smile on the face.”-E

Rescues/ Adoption:

Golden Retriever Rescue Groups

Golden Rescue

Golden Retrievers in Cyberspace

Golden Retriever Rescue Resource 

Golden Rescue Quebec 

Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue 

The Golden Retriever Rescue Club of Charlotte (GRRCC)

Triad Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. (TGRR)

FootHills Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc.

North Carolina Golden Retriever Rescue


Golden Retriever Club of Canada


Golden Retriever Club of Canada — (GRCC)

The Golden Retriever Club of British Columbia — (GRCBC)

Golden Retriever Club of Alberta — (GRCA)

Golden Retriever Club of Manitoba — (GRCM)

Golden Retriever Club of Greater Toronto — (GRCGT)

The Ottawa Valley Golden Retriever Club— (OVGRC)

The Golden Retriever Breeders’ Association of Ontario

Le Club du Golden Retriever du Québec (CGRQ) / The Golden Retriever Club of Quebec (GRCQ)

Golden Retriever Club of Newfoundland — (GRCNF)

Golden Retriever Club of America


Ambercroft Kennels

Makani Meadows 



Autumnmist Golden

Blastem Kennels



Pretty River 


Rush Reg’d Retrievers


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