Breed At A Glance: Golden Retriever - Wagr Petcare

    Breed At A Glance: Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever


    • Lifespan: 10–12 years
    • Size: Medium-sized sporting dog
    • Maintenance Level: Moderate to high
    • Shed Level: High
    • Temperament: Intelligent, loyal, affectionate
    • Friendliness: Excellent with children and other pets
    • Barking Tendency: Low

    Best For

    • Families, first-time pet owners, those looking for a friendly and trainable dog


    • Weight: 55–75 pounds
    • Height: 21–24 inches
    • Broad head, short ears, deep chest, muscular build
    • Thick, water-repellent, lustrous golden coat, ranging from white to red


    • Known for intelligence and affection
    • Good-natured and sociable
    • Adaptable to various activities including therapy and guide work

    Care Guide

    • Grooming: Requires regular grooming to maintain coat health
    • Training: Easy to train, responds well to positive reinforcement
    • Diet & Nutrition: Balanced, age-appropriate diet
    • Exercise: Moderate to high energy levels, enjoys activities like running, swimming, and retrieving


    • Hot Spots: Prone to skin infections due to thick coat and love for swimming
    • Atopic Dermatitis (Atopy): Inflammatory skin condition
    • Hypothyroidism: Endocrine disorder leading to weight gain, lethargy, skin issues
    • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: Joint conditions causing pain and arthritis
    • Eye Conditions: Susceptible to pigmentary uveitis, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
    • Cancers: Increased risk of lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma
    • Heart Problems: Subaortic valvular stenosis (SAS), a genetic heart condition

    Additional Information

    • Feeding Recommendations: Balanced diet, avoid overfeeding
    • Training Challenges: Generally easy to train; requires early socialisation
    • Grooming Needs: Regular brushing, professional grooming may be necessary
    • Good Family Dog: Yes, especially good with children
    • Intelligence: High; easy to train and quick learners
    • Exercise Needs: Moderate to high; requires regular physical and mental stimulation
    • Health Concerns: Prone to specific health issues; regular veterinary care advised

    Grooming Guide

    • Skin Care: Regular checks for hot spots or other skin issues
    • Coat Care: Frequent brushing to prevent matting, especially behind ears and hind limbs
    • Eye Care: Regular monitoring for discharge or signs of eye disease
    • Ear Care: Clean as needed, particularly after swimming

    Curious to know more? Check out our Golden Retriever guide!

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