According to Dogtime, a golden retriever's habitat includes an environment where he can exercise daily and live indoors with his owner. The golden retriever is a dog bred to work and enjoys doing tasks and activities. Many of these dogs are used as therapy and assistance dogs.
Golden retrievers are one of the most popular dogs in the United States. In 1932 the American Kennel Club recognized them as a breed. They generally grow up to two feet long and weigh up to 75 pounds. The golden retriever is a breed of sporting dog that has an average life span of 10 to 12 years. From the time they are puppies, these dogs tend to have a very playful and silly personality. They are very gentle with kids and enjoy being in the company of people. It isn't recommended to have this type of dog in a backyard alone. Golden retrievers do have a history of health issues just like other breeds. Some of the known conditions found in golden retrievers are diseases such as cataracts and hip dysplasia. Even though not all golden retrievers get these conditions, it is very important to be aware of all their known diseases when owning this breed.