Pet owners who are looking for Golden Retrievers to adopt can do so by visiting their local pound or by finding a breeder through a breeder directory such as the American Kennel Club. Golden Retrievers are a popular dog breed because they make such great family dogs and are eager to please, which makes them easy to train.
The Golden Retriever breed is a member of the "sporting dogs" group within the American Kennel Club, and it has an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. The dogs weigh between 55 to 75 pounds. They are overly friendly and tend to love people and dogs the same. In fact, the lovely disposition of the breed has made it "one of the top 10 most popular dogs in the United States," according to Dogtime. These dogs require exercise on a daily basis, but they also requires plenty of social time with the family and cannot be kept exclusively outdoors.
The history of the Golden Retriever goes back to the times when dogs were needed during the hunting seasons. People who hunted ducks and other birds would have a Golden Retriever to do the "retrieving" work for them once they had shot the bird down over or on the water. Many pet Golden Retrievers retain this love of retrieving and enjoy playing fetch. These dogs also love to be in the water and enjoy swimming.