Why Golden Retrievers?

The Golden Retriever is one of the most beautiful and versatile dog breeds. They make wonderful pets, and are great dogs for companionship, therapy and service dogs.


Why does this breed stand out in these areas? Simply put: their temperament. Many people purchase a Golden Retriever just for their temperament. They are kind, friendly, confident and love everyone! Please do not purchase a Golden to be a guard dog, because they will end up licking the robber to death! They are trusting and gentle. They love to play fetch, frisbee, swim they are just all around fun loving animals. The reason they make such excellent companion, therapy, and service dogs is because they are very tuned-in to their owners. They are valued for their high level of social skills. They are friendly and do learn quickly. These are just some of the reasons we are proud to have them working in our program. There are also differences in temperament between American bred and European bred Golden Retrievers. American bred tend to have higher energy levels and do extrememly well in the hunting field. English Golden’s are slightly calmer and while they love to play, their hunting drive is much lower.

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Energy Levels

Golden Retrievers are a very active and energetic breed. Exercise is very important for their mental and physical health. Many people feel just letting the dog out in the yard is all the dog needs for exercise. That may meet some of the physical needs of the Golden Retriever, but you also need to stimulate them mentally. A great way to do both is daily walks. While walking you can engage the dog in various obedience commands, that will keep their mind sharp and their focus on you. The walk often bonds the owner and dog to much greater heights. It is especially important not to force extreme exercise on the Golden Retriever during their first two years. Bone growth plates are still growing and could be injured in hard exercise. Avoid jogging, biking, steep climbs with dogs under the age of two.

Breed Details

The Golden Retrievers coat may range from short and wavy to long and straight. Their coat was originally bred to be water-resistant and thick enough to withstand the bushes when retrieving. Much has changed over the years with the style of coat, however it does not require a lot of maintenance. Weekly brushing, and trimming the hair between their pads on their feet and around their ears once a month. This helps keep away matted fur, hot spots and infected ears.


The Golden Retriever will range in height from 22-24 inches for males at withers; 20-22.5 for females. The average weight is from 65-75 for males; 55-65 for females. However, we have seen some of the European lines that are larger.


By the way did you know the Golden Retriever, no matter what color it may be, is so smart they have the capability to memorize and understand around 240 human expressions, words, or phrases. So if you decide the Golden Retriever is for you, be careful what you say around the dog!