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Golden retriever


Golden Retriever profile

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A little about Golden Retrievers - Breed traits


The Golden Retriever is a very friendly and kind dog, and is generally described as "everyone’s friend". They are athletic, love games, particularly retrieving, obedient and extremely loving. The perfect dog breed for families.



The Golden Retriever is a fairly healthy breed, but some hereditary problems can be passed on such as hip and elbow dysplasia. They are also known to occasionally experience skin problems and allergies, as well as lymphoma, eye disorders, hypothyroidism, hemangiosarcoma, cruciate disease, and otitis externa.

Insurance for Golden Retrievers

View our page on insurance for Golden Retrievers to see the common health issues vets describe for Golden Retrievers and what you should be covered for. 


Golden Retrievers have a double-coated, water-resistant fur that comes in various shades of gold. Their straight or wavy outer coat lies flat against their body, while the dense undercoat keeps them warm and dry. However, their luxurious coat does come with a caveat – lots of shedding. To keep their coat in prime condition, daily brushing is essential to prevent tangling and matting. Additionally, regular nail trimming is crucial for their overall comfort and mobility.

Training and exercise

Golden Retrievers are a lively and energetic breed, making regular exercise a crucial part of their well-being. They thrive on at least one hour of vigorous activity each day, which can include long runs, joining you on bike rides, hikes, or swimming adventures. They also excel in agility and obedience training, which not only provides mental stimulation but also strengthens the bond between you and your furry friend. Without adequate exercise, they may exhibit unwanted behaviours like digging and biting things they shouldn't.

Learning tricks and playing with various toys is great, but it should complement their physical activities, not replace them. It's essential to be mindful of not overexerting young, growing Golden Retrievers, as intense exercise is better suited for fully grown ones. Early socialization and training are highly recommended to ensure they grow up to be well-adjusted, obedient, and happy companions.

A day in the life of "Daisy" 

I watch out the window, tail twitching with anticipation. Where is my person taking me? This isn’t the way to the park. It’s been a long time in the car...

The car slows to a stop. There are bushes everywhere. This is a pretty big park! My person opens the door and I wait patiently to be unbuckled, front legs dancing. Hurry up.

‘Come on, Daisy,’ my person coos, ushering me out of the car and I spring into action. We walk to a set of wooden stairs leading downward. In a smooth motion, I work my way down onto – What. Is. This?

It’s so soft on my paws! The sand between my toes crunches and grinds as I run, but I barely notice as I sniff. What is that? It’s a salty smell in the air. I look up and—

This has to be the biggest pond I’ve ever seen. My person is running towards it, but I outrun them and charge straight into the waves. The water runs away and I try to chase it, only to have it race back toward me. I snap at it playfully, and the waves lash against my legs, splashing up to drench my face. This time when I chase the waves, my legs lift off the ground and I begin to paddle, the water gently churning between my toes.

I see my person. She has the ball! For what seemed like hours, I played and played – attention switching between the giant pond and the ball.

The sun gets low in the sky and with a call from my person, I know it’s time to go. Back up the stairs and into the car we go and my eyes close and I drift away, dreaming about the smell of salt and the grit of sand.

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.