By Terri Estes

The Golden Retriever was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1925. Males are slightly larger than females averaging 23 to 24 inches at the shoulder and weighing 65 to 75 lbs. to females’ average of 21 to 22 inches and 55 to 65 lbs. All Golden Retrievers are gold in color. Some are lighter and some are darker, but as the name implies, they are all gold. The breed was developed in Scotland in the 1850s as a birddog but is mainly bred for companionship today.

Known for their friendly, gentle and loyal personalities, they are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are very social dogs that enjoy the company of humans and other pets. They are outgoing and greet everyone with a wagging tail and a smile. Goldens have an energetic nature and love to play, swim and hike. Although they have a lot of energy, they also have a calm, easy-going nature and a relaxed demeanor. These qualities give them a comforting presence and make them great therapy dogs.

Goldens are very intelligent, trainable dogs. Because they are quick learners, they are often used as service dogs. They can be taught complex and varied tasks to assist people with disabilities, while providing comfort and companionship at the same time. They also make great emotional support companions for people with PTSD and other mental health disorders.

Living with a Golden is like always having your own personal cheerleader by your side. They have such a happy and positive outlook on life and are agreeable to just about anything. You want to go for a swim? Absolutely! How about a hike? Let’s go! Oh, you just want to lay on the couch and watch Dirty Dancing? That sounds perfect—says the happiest breed in the world!  There is also nothing cuter in the whole world than a Golden Retriever puppy. They simply melt your heart.  As a matter of fact, there is absolutely nothing negative that I can say about the Golden Retriever! Umm, oh wait, I forgot one small issue.

Did I mention their beautiful golden double coat? Yup, they shed… A LOT. You may read that they only shed twice a year, and that may be true, but from personal experience, the two times of year that they shed are from January to June and July to December.  You can brush them and bathe them and take them to the groomer every two weeks. You can even shave them (which is not recommended), but you will still have golden hairs on your black pants and on your best navy-blue blazer. But that is the ONLY issue. I promise! They are generally a healthy breed and if you decide to choose a Golden, they really will be your best friend.


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