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.
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.