Dog Breed Guide: Golden Retriever

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About Golden Retrievers

Height (to shoulder blade): Males 23 to 24 inches tall; Females 21 1/2 to 22 1/2 inches tall

Weight: Males 65 to 75 lbs; Females 55 to 65 lbs

Color: Shades of Golden

Origin: British Isles

Coat: Medium length, dense, water-repellent, feathering on the back forelegs and underbody

Temperament: Reliable, friendly and trustworthy

Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

Exercise: Daily

Is a Golden retriever the right dog breed for you?

Golden retrievers are a friendly, eager to please breed originally used in hunting game and fowl. They are intelligent and quick to learn, require a lot of exercise, and do best with rigorous training. They may do an “alarm bark,” but generally aren’t watch dogs. They require a lot of human attention and affection as well as mental stimulation and play to keep them happy. Grooming is generally straightforward.

5 Common Medical Issues for Golden Retrievers

Medical Issue     Avg. Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim
Cancer  $2,466.67  $17,448.77
Foreign body
(i.e. ate a sock, had to be surgically removed)
$1,821.23 $15,389.53
Hip dysplasia $1,118.89 $9,194.50
Skin allergies $697.56 $13,757.18
Ear infection $215.14 $3,008.72

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best  receives.

A golden retriever dog .
Riley, a 20 month old Golden retriever has no idea how that dollar bill got in his mouth. Photo submitted by Margaret R.

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A golden retriever dog .
Two goldens and a mixed breed dog try to convince their humans to let them in the door. Photo submitted by Jennifer K.

A golden retriever dog .
Another golden named Riley, who is quite handsome. Photo submitted by Karen K.

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