Golden retrievers live about 10 to 12 years. Golden retrievers are gentle with children, obedient, intelligent and devoted, and they are considered one of the most desirable breeds of dog.Continue Reading
The golden retriever is known for its dense, golden double coat with feathering on the neck, the tail, the hind legs and the underside. As the dog was bred to retrieve waterfowl, the coat resists water. Despite this, the dog is easy to groom.
Male retrievers stand about 22 to 24 inches high at the withers, while females are a little smaller. The dog usually weighs between 60 and 80 pounds while the female weighs a few pounds less on average.Learn more about Dogs
While any dog breed or mix can be affectionate, some breeds, such as Labrador retrievers, beagles and golden retrievers, have a reputation for being extra friendly. Other dogs like huskies require a little more interaction and attention in order to earn their affection, which gives them a less-affectionate reputation.Full Answer >
Border collies are one of the smartest breeds of dogs in the world, along with other working breeds, including Australian cattle dogs, poodles and Labrador retrievers. However, measures of intelligence in dogs vary depending on the methods used to determine it.Full Answer >
Well-groomed golden retrievers should get frequent brushing, baths, haircuts and pedicures but should never be shaved. Because golden retrievers have a double coat that sheds significantly during the spring and summer, the best way to reduce shedding is to regularly brush the retriever's coat with a bristle brush or an undercoat rake regularly. This also keeps the dog cooler during hot weather.Full Answer >
Although different families have different needs, poodles, Labradors and golden retrievers often make excellent family pets. Adult mixed-breed dogs from shelters are also a good choice for many families.Full Answer >