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Golden Retriever General Appearance

Golden Retrievers stand between 22 and 24 inches high and weigh between 65 and 75 pounds. These are powerfully built dogs with a broad, round skull and a tapered muzzle. Their eyes are brown, and their nose is black. The tail is thick and horizontal.

Their famous golden coat is medium-length, dense, and water resistant. Coloring is always solid, and it can vary from light to dark gold. Some breeders produce white Golden Retrievers, but these are uncommon and not recognized by any kennel club. Hair can be straight or wavy. It sheds heavily in the warmer months, and it requires frequent brushing and monthly baths.

Golden Retriever Temperament

Originally bred as hunting dogs, Golden Retrievers are classic family companions. In fact, they were the family dog of two presidents (Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan). They love all people, are well mannered, are easy to train, and are highly obedient. They love people so much, in fact, that they make for poor guard dogs, since they automatically seek affection from anyone who walks in your front door.

Though they don’t need as much exercise as other highly active breeds, they still need to move daily and lots of space to roam. That makes them unsuitable for apartment living. If you have an active, outdoorsy family, then a Golden Retriever will fit right in.

If you have an outdoor pool, expect your Golden Retriever to take a dip frequently. The breed has an instinctive love of water.

Golden Retriever Fun Fact

Because of their intelligence and easy temperament, the Golden Retriever is one of the most popular acting dogs. They’ve been featured in Air Bud film series, Full House, Homeward Bound (both one and two), Fluke, Napoleon, Pushing Daisies, and The Drew Carey Show. The breed even made an animated appearance in the movie Up.