The Golden Retriever, produced by Rachel Page Elliott for GRCA. Consult . Retrievers became popular when the breech-loading shotgun demanded. Golden Retrievers: What a Unique Breed! Your dog is special! She's your best friend and companion and a source of unconditional love. Chances are that you. In and for many years afterwards the General. Appearance of the Golden Retriever was described as follows, “should be a symmetrical active powerful dog .
|Language:||English, Spanish, French|
|Genre:||Science & Research|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Register to download]|
Page 1. Homeward Bound. Golden Retriever Rescue. Golden Rule Dog Training. Puppy Care and Training Kathryn Baines. Training Director, HBGRR. R. Ann Johnson became a Golden Retriever person in the s when she acquired her first Golden as a companion for her aging German. Shepherd. She has. Official Standard for the Golden Retriever. General Appearance: A symmetrical, powerful, active dog, sound and well put together, not clumsy nor long in the leg, .
When trotting, they have a free, smooth, powerful, and well-coordinated gait; as the dog runs, its feet converge towards the center of the line of balance. American breeders of Golden Retrievers sometimes import their dogs from Britain to take advantage of the temperament and appearance of the British types.
The topcoat is water-resistant and slightly wavy, and sheds in small amounts throughout the year. The undercoat is soft and keeps the retriever cool in summer and warm in winter; it sheds in the spring and fall.
The Golden's coat should never be too long, as this may prove to be a disservice to it in the field, especially when retrieving game.
Therefore, "pure white" and "red" are unacceptable, as is black. The Golden's coat can also be mahogany, referred to as "redhead", although this is not accepted in the British show ring.
Puppy coats are usually much lighter than their adult coats, but a puppy with darker ear tips may indicate a darker adult colour.
Golden Retrievers vary in colour, with a fair-haired dog shown here beside a mahogany one The coat is "rich, lustrous golden of various shades" A four-month-old white Golden Retriever A light golden puppy A dark golden coat Golden Retrievers left are often confused with Yellow Labs right. One key difference is the much shorter hair of the Yellow Lab Temperament Bred to be a game retriever, the Golden is instinctively fond of swimming  The temperament of the Golden Retriever is a hallmark of the breed, and is described in the standard as "kindly, friendly and confident".
Golden Retrievers are also noted for their intelligence. Typical Golden Retrievers are active and fun-loving animals with the exceptionally patient demeanour befitting a dog bred to sit quietly for hours in a hunting blind. Adult Goldens love to work, and have a keen ability to focus on a given task. They will work until they collapse, so care should be taken to avoid overworking them.
Other characteristics related to their hunting heritage are a size suited for scrambling in and out of boats and an inordinate love for water. Golden Retrievers are exceptionally trainable—due to their intelligence, athleticism and desire to please their handlers—and excel in obedience trials. They are also very competitive in agility and other performance events. Harsh training methods are unnecessary, as Golden Retrievers often respond very well to positive and upbeat training styles.
They are particularly valued for their high level of sociability towards people, calmness, and willingness to learn. Because of this, they are commonly used as guide dogs , mobility assistance dogs , and search and rescue dogs.
Golden Retriever litters typically contain five to ten puppies  Health and lifespan Goldens have an abundance of energy and require plenty of exercise, excelling at dog agility competitions  The average lifespan for a Golden Retriever is about 11 to 12 years.
Golden Retrievers are known to have genetic disorders and other diseases.
Hip dysplasia is common in the breed; when downloading a puppy, the pedigree should be known and be examined by the OFA or by PennHIP for hip disease. Obesity is also common in the breed because Golden Retrievers love to eat.
Puppies should eat about three cups of food a day and adults three to five cups, depending on the food and how active the dog is. The most common is hemangiosarcoma , followed by lymphosarcoma , mast cell tumour , and osteosarcoma. Their long hair also gets knotted up under the ears and longer hairs on their belly and legs if not groomed, these dreads can be cut out with scissors with slow rapid cuts.
They can cause pain and discomfort and if left too long will get more matted. In addition to the heavy shedding they experience and their constant lighter shedding throughout the year , Golden Retrievers can suffer from skin diseases; the most prevalent skin problem is allergies often leading to acute moist dermatitis or " hot spots " , with the most common allergy being to fleas.
They also need to have their ears cleaned regularly, or ear infections might occur.
While shedding is unavoidable, frequent grooming daily to weekly lessens the amount of hair shed by the animal. Severe shedding resulting in bald patches can be indicative of stress or sickness.
Activities Goldens excel at dock jumping The Golden Retriever's eagerness to please has made it a consistent, top performer in the obedience and agility rings. Age was known for with a median age of death 9. The median age for dying of a cause other than cancer was 6. Intriguingly, being spayed or neutered did not affect the risk of a cancer related death but increasing age did. The most common histologic diagnosis found in golden retrievers dying of cancer was hemangiosarcoma Overall golden retriever dogs have a substantial risk of cancer related mortality in a referral population and age appears to have a larger effect on cancer related mortality than reproductive status.
Introduction Cancer is the leading cause of death in pet dogs, however, both lifespan and the incidence of cancer can vary between breeds[ 1 — 8 ]. Golden Retrievers GR have been recognized in several studies to have a higher prevalence of neoplasia than other popular breeds[ 1 , 5 , 9 — 11 ]. The VMDB is abstracted from medical records at member hospitals at North American veterinary colleges, and therefore the cause of death is not always necropsy confirmed.
Craig et al determined that cancer was the cause of death in The most common histologies described in the GR necropsy reports included hemangiosarcoma The average age of death for GR reported in this necropsy study was 8. Interestingly, this data contrasts that of European studies in regard to longevity and incidence of cancer in GR.
Of deaths in GR from primary care practices outside of North America, the median age of death was Based on this data, it appears that GR within the United States US may have both a higher incidence of cancer and a shorter lifespan.
However, while numerical differences exist between European and US studies, several important and potentially confounding factors have been identified[ 16 ]. Differences between such studies include case selection bias between case studies primary vs.
Several studies have now demonstrated an association between spay neuter status or hormonal exposure on the incidence of cancer and longevity in pet dogs[ 8 , 17 — 20 ] [ 21 — 25 ].
A recent US study examining over 40, dogs found a significant increase in cancer incidence for dogs that were spayed or neutered.
This increased incidence still remained when the dogs were broken into age categories [ 27 ]. One recent study examined orthopedic disease and cancer specifically in GR and Labrador retrievers, concluding that earlier spay or neuter was associated with increased incidence of orthopedic disease and certain cancers in these breeds. Another recent study reported that gonadectomy was associated with increased risk of cancer, independent of breed[ 20 ].